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Don't Skimp on Soybean Seed Treatments

Corey Evans
Technical Seed Manager
Planting time is almost here, and you are probably in the midst of creating a planting strategy for your soybean fields. Decide what seed treatment you will use now to save time and headaches during the season.
 
Do your disease and insect protection due diligence
If you have to plant early into cold, wet soils, you will likely have issues with delayed emergence and disease. Using a quality seed treatment on your soybeans can help address this situation.
 
Warden® CX seed treatment can optimize yield potential and improve root health and plant vigor in soybeans by helping reduce disease and insect damage. In 2015, Answer Plot® Program results reported a positive response to soybean seed treated with Warden® CX seed treatment compared with an untreated control group. The treated seeds garnered a 2.1 bu/A average positive response.1
 
This seed treatment incorporates the active ingredient from Cruiser® insecticide to provide protection against seed- and foliar-feeding insects. It also contains three fungicides that provide multiple modes of action:
  • Sedaxane for Rhizoctonia protection
  • The highest rate of mefenoxam commercially available for Pythium and Phytopthora protection
  • Fludioxonil for Fusarium protection
New WinPak® varieties bring new opportunities
WinPak® varieties are a unique combination of two soybean seed varieties that provide an exceptional level of stability throughout the field, working to increase yield potential and reduce risk from environmental conditions. For 2019, the CROPLAN® seed brand is offering 35 new and upgraded WinPak® varieties in its Elite Class soybean portfolio, as well as 10 new standalone products.
 
Don’t risk loss
We don’t know exactly what spring will bring for soybean planting conditions. And we can’t always rely on the calendar to tell us when a seed treatment will do the most good. Be on the safe side and manage your soybean crop with a proven seed treatment to lessen the risk of stand loss from disease and insect pressure.
 
The temptation to save a few dollars on seed treatment upfront could cost you dearly at harvest in lost ROI and diminished yield. Talk with your trusted advisor today about what soybean seed treatment makes the most sense for your operation, and to find out more about the new CROPLAN® WinPak® varieties.
 
1 Source: 2015 data from 30 Answer Plot® locations.
 
Cruiser is a registered trademark of a Syngenta Group Company.

Wheat Yield Winners Share Secrets of Success

Mark Torno
CROPLAN® Diverse Field Crops Marketing Manager
Two farmers recently attained top-five finishes in the National Wheat Yield Contest dryland category with CROPLAN® spring wheat varieties. Here is a snapshot of how the farmers — both first-time entrants in the competition — achieved these wins.
 
National Winner, Second Place
Jon Iverson
Langdon, North Dakota
Yield: 97.6 bu/A
County average: 54 bu/A
Increase over county average: 80.69%
Variety used: CROPLAN® 3530
In addition to wheat, Jon Iverson grows peas, flax, barley, canola, corn and soybeans on his 3,500-acre operation in northeastern North Dakota. He saw how promising CROPLAN® 3530 looked in North Dakota State University field trials as well as a local trial in Langdon and decided to plant it on 224 acres. For management, he:
  • Put down 100 pounds of nitrogen last fall
  • Applied 70 pounds of monoammonium phosphate (MAP) starter fertilizer
  • Top-dressed 46 pounds of nitrogen at the 3- to 4-leaf stage
  • Applied a herbicide to manage wild oats, pigeon grass and broadleafs to keep the field clean throughout the season
  • Sprayed for scab at heading
“In our area, 2017 was a good wheat year,” says Craig Leas, master agronomy advisor, WinField United, who is Iverson’s agronomic advisor. “It got a little dry toward the end of the season, but we received rain pretty much when we needed it.”
 
Iverson, who has been farming for nearly 30 years, uses minimum tillage on his operation and was pleased with the results from planting 3530. “These are the best wheat yields I’ve ever had on the farm,” he says of his winning crop. “I already have a little more than 300 acres of 3530 booked for next year.”
 
National Winner, Fifth Place
John Yerger
Hardin, Montana
Yield: 58.8 bu/A
County average: 40 bu/A
Increase over county average: 46.95%
Variety used: CROPLAN® 3100 WinPak
Barley, winter wheat, spring wheat, corn, sugar beets and alfalfa make up John Yerger’s 7,000-acre operation in south central Montana, which he operates with his two nephews.
 
CROPLAN® 3100 is a WinPak® variety, which is a blend of two varieties designed to increase field averages by strengthening lower-yielding parts of the field and buffering the effects of weather and other stresses. “This variety handled drought and heat stress well, on varying topographies,” says Curt Droogsma, district sales manager with Winfield United seed who works with Yerger. “Some of John’s fields have low spots with higher water-holding capacity and higher yield potential, and others have hilltops where yields aren’t always as high.”
 
Yerger planted the 3100 WinPak® variety on a no-till field. His management consisted of:
  • 38 units of phosphate applied at planting
  • 100 units of nitrogen later in the season as a top-dress
  • Warden® Cereals II seed treatment fungicide
  • Ascend® plant growth regulator
  • Propiconazole fungicide
“After we planted 3100, we were a little droughty, but then we caught one rain and it just bloomed from there,” says Yerger. “All of our dryland is no-till, which can save a couple of inches of moisture, too.”
 
Yerger’s management is aggressive, says Droogsma, particularly with his use of Ascend® plant growth regulator. “We don’t get a lot of producers who are willing to invest in Ascend® for wheat — especially dryland wheat,” he says. “But we’ve had good success with it: better seedling vigor, better stand establishment and bigger root systems to help improve yield.”
 
You can find out more about CROPLAN® wheat varieties here

Selecting the Right Soybean Varieties

Joel and Kyle
Hosts, WinField United
On this episode of The Deal With Yield, hosts Joel and Kyle tackle soybean seed selection. Learn what variables influence variety selection, the importance of reviewing your field history and how planting WinPak® soybeans can mitigate risk.
Season 10: Episode 6 – Selecting the Right Soybean Varieties

The Deal With Yield is a podcast series covering the issues that matter most in crop production.

Plan Ahead for Soybean Success

Mike Anderson
Marketing Manager, CROPLAN® Corn and Soybeans
One of the largest soybean crops ever planted in the United States is underway this season. While lower market prices may have prompted many farmers to take a closer look at soybean production, our research is showing that solid genetics coupled with innovative technology are making soybeans a valuable choice for many farmers. As crops are racing toward maturity, it’s time to start thinking about boosting soybean ROI potential for next season.
 
Change your thinking
How do you know which soybean products and technology will provide the best return for your farm? The first step is to think about soybean production differently. Research shows that, like corn, soybean crops respond positively to more intensive management, with increased emphasis on management paying off at harvest.
 
To get started, ask your local agronomist to help you sort through the complex decisions concerning trait and variety selection, seed treatments, crop protection and plant nutrition choices. Relying on high-quality data that comes from sources such as the Answer Plot® Program can help you make informed, fact-based choices to manage next season’s environmental and production risks, no matter what conditions Mother Nature throws your way.
 
Broaden selection criteria
An important first step in soybean production is variety selection. While it’s been common to make soybean seed selections based mainly on trait package and relative maturity, there are many other factors that should also be considered. Answer Plot® data has shown a tremendous amount of difference in specific soybean performance, depending on where the seeds are planted. For example, two varieties that would be expected to yield similarily on average, can perform in incredibly different ways when placed in a high-yield environment versus a low-yield environment, or in sandy soil versus heavy soil, for example. Your local advisor can help you review performance data to select the best varieties to match your conditions and planned management.
 
Address field variability
Choosing just one soybean variety for an entire field can be challenging, since most fields include a range of conditions. To help farmers manage field variability, CROPLAN® seed offers WinPak® soybean products, which include a unique combination of two soybean varieties that are designed to deliver stability throughout the field and capture the full yield potential of your acres.
 
The complementary products in each CROPLAN WinPak® product provide a natural hedge against each season’s unknown conditions, working together to increase yield potential on tough acres while maintaining yield in higher-producing areas. Answer Plot® data has also shown that WinPak® varieties out-performed their individual component varieties across maturity groups.
 
As harvest approaches, take a few minutes to review how your soybean crop has performed this season and talk to your local advisor about choosing the right varieties for next year.

More CROPLAN® Soybean Seed Choices for 2016

Mike Anderson
Marketing Manager
Time will tell if 2016 will be the year of the soybean. But in any case, WinField continues to launch new soybean varieties and is set to have more new products in the CROPLAN® soybean lineup in 2016 than many of our competitors. In fact, we’re on track to introduce more than 40 new CROPLAN® soybean products this year.

Specifically, we expect to have an ample supply of Roundup Ready 2 Xtend™ soybean seed.* And WinPak® soybean varieties will continue to offer you a unique combination of two types of soybean seeds to provide exceptional stability throughout your fields. WinPak® soybean varieties are designed to maximize yield potential on your tough acres while maintaining yield on your higher-producing areas. They also help buffer the effects of weather and soil variability that contribute to disease development and other stresses.

Bottom line: We combine the best genetics from multiple gene pools with leading traits and technologies to meet your specific challenges. And we’re in a strong position to offer market-leading products to help you maximize yield potential in 2016.

To find out more about the new CROPLAN® soybean varieties — and corn hybrids — available for 2016, talk with your WinField representative.

* The launch of the Roundup Ready® Xtend Crop System is pending regulatory approvals for its component products.

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