Pioneer Premium Seed Treatment Performance in the Mid-South
- Seed treatments are commonly applied to soybeans grown in the Mid-southern U.S.
- Seed treatments protect planted seeds from various types of soil- and seed-borne seedling diseases.
- Seed treatments can improve stand establishment in challenging conditions thereby reducing the likelihood of replants that negate the value of early planting.
- Growers continually look for newer seed treatments that improve seed emergence, stand establishment, stand uniformity, and yield especially under challenging conditions like early planting.
- Pioneer Premium Seed Treatment offerings (PPST) may deliver better emergence, improved early growth, and higher yields under challenging conditions compared to other competitive seed treatment offerings.
- Visually assess the effects of PPST and CruiserMaxx® seed treatment on soybean seedling emergence and stand establishment in the Mid-southern U.S. using a variety of soil types and production systems.
- Compare soybean yields with PPST and CruiserMaxx seed treatment using a variety of soil types and production systems.
CruiserMaxx seed treatment
Soybeans treated with PPST on the left versus CruiserMaxx seed treatment on the right planted following rice.
PPST on the left versus CruiserMaxx seed treatment on the right on the low end of field.
Pioneer® variety P47T89R treated with PPST 24 days after planting on Sharkey clay.
Pioneer® variety P47T89R treated with CruiserMaxx® seed treatment 24 days after planting on Sharkey clay.
Pioneer® variety P47T36R treated with CruiserMaxx seed treatment on the left and PPST on the right, 42 days after planting.
Figure 1. Soybean yields with PPST and CruiserMaxx seed treatment across 20 locations in 2014 and 2015.
Figure 2. Soybean yields with PPST and CruiserMaxx seed treatment across 14 locations in 2015.
- Across all 20 locations in 2014 and 2015, soybeans treated with PPST had an average yield advantage of 1.9 bu/acre compared to soybeans treated with CruiserMaxx seed treatment.
- In 2015, soybeans treated with PPST had an average yield advantage of 2.8 bu/acre compared to soybeans treated with CruiserMaxx seed treatment across 14 locations.
- The yield advantage for soybeans treated with PPST was greater in 2015, which generally had earlier planting dates, greater rainfall, and cooler temperatures compared to 2014.
- PPST value was maximized under more challenging emergence conditions.
- Soybeans treated with PPST exhibited better earlier growth when compared to soybeans treated with CruiserMaxx seed treatment at several locations.
Authors: Greg Pfeffer and Dan Poston
The foregoing is provided for informational use only. Please contact your Pioneer sales professional for information and suggestions specific to your operation. 2014-2015 data are based on average of all comparisons made in 20 locations through Dec. 31, 2015. Multi-year and multi-location is a better predictor of future performance. Do not use these or any other data from a limited number of trials as a significant factor in product selection. Product responses are variable and subject to a variety of environmental, disease, and pest pressures. Individual results may vary. Components under the Pioneer Premium Seed Treatment offering for soybeans are applied at a DuPont Pioneer production facility or by an independent sales representative of Pioneer. Not all sales representatives offer treatment services, and costs and other charges may vary. See your Pioneer sales representative for details. Seed treatment offering exclusive to DuPont Pioneer and its affiliates. Pioneer® brand products are provided subject to the terms and conditions of purchase which are part of the labeling and purchase documents.