Seed is easily the most significant investment a grower will make in their crop. Seed decisions may start with hybrids and traits, but they ultimately drive crop protection product and nutrient decisions too.
Seed treatments are becoming an increasingly important factor in seed selection – they are essential for getting crops off to their best start, and without properly selecting the right ones, there is risk in exposing one of the greatest assets to disease, pests and the environment.
From the moment seeds are planted they will be challenged. Seed and seedlings are especially vulnerable, making it important to give them the best start to help them reach their potential.
Seed treatments can be formulated with fungicides, insecticides, nematicides and biologicals. In addition to helping the seed defend against early season pests and diseases, seed treatments can reduce:
Seed treatments also improve:
Start by understanding what the threats are to your seeds and seedling crops. Have you had problems with certain diseases or pests in the past?
Prioritize your seed treatment decision and make it part of your seed selection process, and don’t be afraid to ask your seed sales team questions. Looking for a place to start? Corteva Agriscience offers some Seed Applied Technologies information here.
A look at seed treatment solution options for common challenges in corn and soybeans
Diseases: Rhizoctonia and pythium
Pests: Wireworms, grubs, cutworms, and seedcorn maggot
Seed Applied Technologies available in corn:
Lumiscend™ Pro fungicide seed treatment, Lumialza™ nematicide seed treatment and Lumivia™ insecticide seed treatment.
Diseases: Pythium, fusarium, rhizoctonia and phytophthora
Pests: Soybean aphid, bean leaf beetle, cutworms and wireworms
Seed Applied Technologies available in soybeans:
Lumisena fungicide seed treatment and Lumiderm™ insecticide seed treatment.
A comparison of a nematode damaged corn plant on the left versus a healthy plant on the right.