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Seed treatment proving its value as SDS hits soybean fields

Seed treatment proving its value as SDS hits soybean fields

By the time symptoms of sudden death syndrome (SDS) appear in a soybean field, it’s likely already to cost farmers about 6 bushels per acre in yield potential, says Jennifer Riggs, product development manager for Bayer CropScience.

Significant levels of SDS are showing up in Iowa fields for the second year in a row, a result of wet conditions at planting along with plentiful August moisture. Researchers say SDS is most severe when soybeans are planted early into cool, wet soils and when heavy mid-summer rains saturate the soil.

The tough conditions are proving the effectiveness of Bayer’s new Ilevo soybean seed treatment in protecting soybean plants from SDS in side-by-side trials,...




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