Greensboro, N.C., April 18, 2011 – According to the United States Department of Agriculture, soybean commodity prices have increased more than 50 percent in the last five years, with a projected average of $11.20 to $12.20 per bushel for the 2011 season. These record commodity prices are reinforcing the need to maximize the yield from every acre planted. Research and grower experience show that protecting the seed with a seed treatment before planting helps get the crop off to a good start to optimize yield potential.
“In terms of a seed treatment versus untreated, our data clearly proves there’s a significant yield increase that pays for itself,” said Shawn Conley, associate professor in the Department of Agronomy at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. “We’re not planting 220,000 seeds on June 1 anymore. We’re planting 150,000 seeds (depending on where you are in the country) on April 20,” explained Conley. “You’re putting fewer seeds out there, so you need to protect them to make sure that your stands remain above 100,000 to avoid yield loss.”
Growers agree that seed treatments are a sound investment – especially seed treated with CruiserMaxx® Beans insecticide/fungicide. “CruiserMaxx Beans promoted enough yield difference that it paid,” said Jerry Noe of Chillicothe, Ill., when asked about the outcome of his 2010 season. “With the price of soybeans, CruiserMaxx Beans put $10.00 to $15.00 per acre in my pocket.”
In Cassville, Wis., Rick Bausch also saw the benefits of CruiserMaxx Beans in 2010. “The soybeans treated with CruiserMaxx Beans were healthier looking all season,” said Bausch. “They came out of the ground quicker, had a more even stand and yielded seven bushels better than the competitive seed treatment. It’s well worth the money to try it.”
CruiserMaxx Beans was the first insecticide/fungicide soybean seed treatment available to soybean growers. After six seasons, CruiserMaxx Beans, a combination of one or more separately registered products, has been used on more than 40 million acres, making it the most proven and trusted soybean seed treatment combination on the market today.
CruiserMaxx Beans promotes increased vigor, stand and speed to canopy as well as higher yield potential. It offers excellent activity against a broad spectrum of insect pests and provides the widest spectrum of disease protection for soybeans. For more information, contact a certified CruiserMaxx Beans treater or a Syngenta sales representative.
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