Deciding whether or not to apply seed treatment to cover crop seed is no different from deciding to treat any seed. In every situation, the answer is the same: it depends.
Investing in crop protection products is similar to deciding what insurance to buy. Use critical thinking and be aware of what is needed. Compare the cost of protection to the value of potential losses. Also, consider how pest pressures may be changing. Some growers may simply decide that they need it all and apply as much product as possible just to be safe. This is like buying insurance simply because it is available. If you live on a hill, you don’t need flood insurance.
Others will look at yield data, indicating that seed treatments provide a 3 to 5 percent average yield increase, and decide there is not enough benefit to justify the cost. This approach igno Read More