For Indiana growers planning to plant soybeans this spring, seed treatments will be vital to fending off insects and disease. With the warm and wet winter we have had in Indiana, insects and disease will be a major problem for soybeans this year. Mike McCarville, seed growth service tech with Bayer, said this warm winter will likely lead to greater insect and disease pressure. “The king of weather we have had leads to concern over been leaf beetle,” he stated. “It also raises concern over bean pod model virus.”
McCarville says a seed treatment like ILeVO will provide growers the kind of protection they will need this season, “It is the only seed treatment on the market that controls for nematodes and SDS. It is a great treatment we can pair up with resistant varieties for added protection.” He said that in Indiana there have been signs of resistance developing to soybean cyst nematodes and a different mode of action is needed.
With soybean acres expected to be up this year, some growers may be planting soybeans after soybeans. McCarville urges growers to test their soil before planting soybeans after soybeans, “Because if that nematode population is above 10,000, it does not matter what we do. It is going to be hard to be profitable growing that crop.”
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