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If you’d spent decades conducting seed-treatment experiments like researchers Ray Knake and Tristan Mueller have, you might see seed treatments in a new light forever. You’d no more want to miss insuring early seedling health than you’d skip your children’s immunizations.
Seed treatment is all about reducing risk, especially in the first 72 hours of a plant’s life. And farmer use is proof. Aided by newer systemic fungicides and insecticides, their global sales more than tripled from $700 million in 1997 to $2.25 billion in 2010, and they’re estimated to reach $3.4 billion in 2016.
Seeding rate by seed treatment
CruiserMaxx at 140,000 seeds per acre had a 71% chance of increasing profit over the base case, and on average for all environments, increased profit by $10 per acre. ApronMaxx and the untreated check obtained breakeven probabilities greater than 50% at rates of 100,000 and 120,000 seeds per acre. However, the average profit increases for all outcomes was minimal (less than $3 per acre). CruiserMaxx produced breakeven probabilities greater than 50% for all seeding rates except at 40,000 seeds per acre, and the average profit increase for all outcomes was more than $17 per acre at a rate between 80,000 and 120,000 seeds per acre. Furthermore, the lowest risk (89%) and largest average profit increase for all outcomes ($20 per acre) with CruiserMaxx was at its economically optimal seeding rate (94,000 seeds per acre).
Source: Both charts taken from research report: “Economic Risk and Profitability of Soybean Seed Treatments at Reduced Seeding Rates,” researched and compiled by Adam P Gaspar, Shawn P Conley and John Gaska, Department of Agronomy and Paul Mitchell, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison. http://bit.ly/1jVpiIR