A well-thought-out disease-management program, including best management practices, proper seed protection and selection and fungicide applications using multiple modes of action, should be implemented to sustainably manage diseases. The following Bayer solutions are valuable tools to consider for your program.
Disease-tolerant seed traits, specific to soybean growers, can be found in Credenz® soybean seed. Credenz can provide built-in protection against stem canker, frogeye leaf spot, Phytophthora root rot and sudden death syndrome (SDS), plus multiple herbicide-tolerant traits and nematode control. When followed by timely fungicide applications, Credenz soybeans are best protected against yield-robbing diseases.
A fungicide seed treatment can provide a healthy start for seedlings. Multiple fungal pests can impact soybean seeds and seedlings immediately after planting. EverGol® Energy SB can protect against fungal pathogens that cause the most damage, such as Rhizoctonia solani, Fusarium spp and Pythium spp. In cool and damp conditions, ILeVO® soybean seed treatment from Bayer protects against the fungus causing SDS in soybeans. ILeVO is an important risk-management tool for growers to protect against SDS. The disease is a serious threat from the time the seed starts to germinate to throughout the growing season. A soybean field may look healthy one day and startlingly bad the next. With the above-ground symptoms appearing so far into the growing season, replanting is not an option. Additionally, because SDS can occur as a disease complex with soybean cyst nematode (SCN), planting soybean seed treated with Poncho®/VOTiVO® will help protect seedlings against nematodes and certain insects during the critical early development stage.
Also, timely fungicide applications, including foliar fungicides, help protect soybean plants from fungal diseases throughout the season. For farmers, a fungicide decision is a matter of considering production needs, past history in each field, commodity prices, proper timing and risk management.
Stratego® YLD fungicide features the latest in triazole technology combined with strobilurin chemistry for soybeans. Offering two modes of action, it provides both preventive and curative benefits and systemic movement to provide broad-spectrum, long-lasting disease control and higher yield potential. Trials show that when applied at early flowering, around growth stage R3, Stratego YLD can deliver an average yield increase of 3.25 bushels per acre over untreated soybean fields. For cost efficiency, fungicides can be tankmixed with insecticides and applied in the same trip across the field.
Bayer also offers Proline® fungicide to help farmers manage diseases in soybeans. It suppresses white mold and offers an effective management tool for resistance against various diseases. Proline can be used in a program with Stratego® YLD.
Before purchasing seed, selecting a seed treatment or applying any fungicide, please read the entire label for the best possible results and to confirm that the product is effective on the disease you need to control. Not every product is suitable for every situation, and correct application technique will ensure the best results.