ILeVO®: The First Seed Treatment to Protect Against Soybean Sudden Death Syndrome and Nematodes
Friday, January 23, 2015
Author: Jennifer Riggs
Product Development Manager for Corn, Soybean & Sorghum Seed Treatments
Last month, I was proud to announce that the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved the application for the registration of ILeVO®.
The approval was very timely, allowing us to make a special announcement in front of a majority of the soybean seed industry at the annual American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) Corn, Soybean and Sorghum Conference.
ILeVO is a new soybean seed treatment that protects the soybean against Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS) and has activity against nematodes.
This new product – which will be available for the 2015 growing season – addresses an important need as soybean growers across the country are seeking ways to protect crops from the fungus that causes SDS. The United Soybean Board reported that in the US from 2009-2011, SDS destroyed an estimated 42 million bushels per year.
As expected from a disease called Sudden Death Syndrome, the onset of this disease is quick and unexpected. Three to four months into the season, soybeans are growing just fine and the next day they look very bad. What is not common knowledge is that the fungus that causes this emotional disease actually infects the plant at the seedling stage.
ILeVO is unique because it protects the root system against the SDS fungus and nematodes in the early growth stages – making the plant healthier from the start. Adding ILeVO to Integrated Pest Management programs will allow growers to receive higher yields at harvest.
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About the Author
Jennifer has a PhD in Plant Pathology and Microbiology from Texas A&M University. She has worked in Seed Treatments Research and Development for 20 years. Jennifer is presently the Product Development Manager for Corn, Soybean & Sorghum Seed Treatments for Bayer CropScience.