A Message on Seed Treatment with Gus Lorenz - April 2012
[Video shows various pictures of soybean fields with specialists or agents in fields. Music plays in the background]
[Title Slide – A Message on Seed Treatment with Gus Lorenz Your Arkansas Soybean Podcast. Presented by University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Research and Extension University of Arkansas System, Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board.]
[Dr. Gus Lorenz, Extension Entomologist, University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture] I’m Gus Lorenz, extension entomologist with the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture.
It’s that time right now that a lot of growers and consultants are asking about insecticide seed treatments, and the questions that we are getting out there right now, particularly in soybeans, is “should I use an insecticide seed treatment at all?” And certainly there is a lot of data out there that would indicate that the seed treatments have some very beneficial impact for soybeans. In soybean production we are so front loaded in our cost; a lot of growers ask the question whether or not seed treatments have value for them. [Video shows a picture of pre-treated soybean seeds and soybean plants.]
Our studies tell us that on the average, seed treatments increase yields by about three-and-a-half bushels per acre. So there’s certainly some value there to our producers.
Now one of the questions that we get is, “which one of those seed treatments is best?” “Which one should I go with?” There are several out there and I’m confused on which one to go with, and my basic reply to that is to get the best value that you can. All these seed treatments provide the protection that you want and the vigor that we see oftentimes with seed treatments, so they all do a good job. I would pick the one that was cheapest. Go with the best price that you can get because there’s not enough difference between the seed treatments to pick one. But I would tell you which ever one you pick, put it on the seed to start your production in 2012.
[Narrator with music playing in the background] Your Arkansas Soybean Podcast is a production of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and was funded in part by the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board. For more information on soybean farming in Arkansas, contact your local county extension office.
[Title slide – Your Arkansas Soybean Podcast. Video shows various pictures of soybean fields with specialists or agents in fields. U of A Division of Agriculture Research and Extension University of Arkansas System, Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board. For more information on soybean farming in Arkansas contact your county extension office or go to www.uaex.edu. Your Arkansas Soybean Podcast.]