The genetic potential of your seed is highest when it first goes into the ground. Adverse weather, fungal pathogens, and other stressors can all negatively impact your yields.
Growing beans, you’re probably familiar with white mould. It’s a relatively new but growing problem in Canada and a major yield robber in the United States. White mould can not only impact your bottom line, but also threatens the sustained production of soybeans in North America.
White mould (Sclerotinia stem rot) produces tough survival structures called sclerotia. Research by X.B. Yang, Ph.D., out of Iowa State University has shown sclerotia can survive in soil for up to seven years, even through crop rotation. If you had white mould in 2021 and are rotating back to soybeans in 2023, you have an increased risk of disease reoccurring.
Due to the longevity of the inoculum left in your soil after harvest, the disease cycle of white mould is difficult to break. It’s important to work with your agronomist in developing a disease management plan specifically tailored to your fields. While there is no one way to eliminate this disease, a multi-step approach that includes Heads Up® Seed Treatment can offer protection.
In University research across the United States and Canada, Heads Up has been shown to provide significant advantage in moderate to high disease pressure. When white mould is present, growers have noted:
The best thing you can do to combat disease is pair Heads Up with fungicides and inoculants that utilize different modes of action, therefore “stacking” your protection. Heads Up has no living organisms, meaning it is compatible with other seed treatments and can be applied days, weeks or even months prior to planting. Heads Up can also be used alone and is OMRI™ certified for organic use.
Heads Up is a biological seed treatment PMRA registered for soybeans (root rot and damping-off, white mould, sudden death syndrome), dry beans (white mould) and potatoes (rhizoctonia canker and black scurf).
Heads Up is available in Canada from your nearest AgroMart location.