3 Tips for Choosing the Right Wheat Seed Treatment
It’s time to finalize your wheat seed purchases for 2021. Make sure that a high-quality seed treatment is part of the package to get plants off to a healthy start and protect them throughout the season from diseases and insects. Here are three questions to consider when mapping out your wheat strategy.
1. Who’s applying the seed treatment?
There are several concerns that can come with applying a seed treatment yourself: Are you using the right rate? Is the treatment getting on every seed? Although on-farm seed treaters can be fairly accurate, you get the highest precision when you have your retailer apply the treatment or you purchase bagged seed that’s already been treated. The time you’ll save by not having to treat your wheat seed yourself might be worth the extra cost.
2. What seed treatment best fits your needs?
It’s important to pick the best seed treatment to protect your high-value wheat seed, given your farm’s environment and primary pest challenges. WinField United offers three types of seed treatments for wheat, each with its own distinct features and benefits.
Warden® Cereals II— Formulated with three highly active fungicides with different modes of action for protection against challenging cereal diseases, Warden Cereals II helps deliver bigger roots and greater yield potential.
Warden® Cereals WR II— With four fungicides for broad-spectrum disease protection plus a high rate of thiamethoxam insecticide (the active ingredient in Cruiser® insecticide), Warden Cereals WR II provides control of harmful insects including wireworm. It also helps deliver bigger roots and greater yield potential.
Warden Cereals 360— Warden Cereals 360 combines the protection of three top-of-the-line fungicides, thiamethoxam insecticide and Ascend® plant growth regulator. This combination of active ingredients provides protection against diseases and insects and contributes to improved germination and emergence. It also protects roots against harmful early-season diseases.
3. Do you need an insecticide?
When considering which seed treatment to choose, many farmers ask themselves, “Do I want a fungicide-only seed treatment or do I need a fungicide plus insecticide seed treatment?” The only way to determine this is by knowing the past history of a particular field or by working with your local agronomist to determine if you have wireworm presence in those fields. Wireworms feed on the roots of wheat plants, causing destruction that makes plants more vulnerable to infection by soil pathogens. Know your fields, consult your agronomist and make a decision that will protect your plants and your yield potential.
Get more bang for your buck
When you invest in CROPLAN® wheat seed, you’re getting a lot more than quality seed or a quality seed treatment. You’re getting the benefit of the time and care we put into selecting the best varieties. Then our characterization process provides you with data on how that seed is projected to perform — for example, how well it responds to nitrogen, to changes in plant population or to a fungicide application — and how all of these elements fit your management strategy.
Spring 2021 may well bring another wet start to the growing season, making a well-applied seed treatment all the more beneficial. Talk with your trusted local advisor now about the best seed and seed treatment choices for your wheat crop so you can start the year off strong.
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