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Performance of Pioneer® Brand Soybeans - ILeVO® Seed Treatment in SCN & SDS Environments

 

Performance of Pioneer® Brand Soybeans with ILeVO® Seed Treatment in SCN and SDS Environments

Background and Objectives

  1. ILeVO® fungicide/nematicide seed treatment (active ingredient: fluopyram) provides protection of soybean seedlings from Fusarium virguliforme infection, the causal agent of sudden death syndrome (SDS). ILeVO fungicide/nematicide seed treatment also has activity against soybean cyst nematode (SCN).
  2. DuPont Pioneer researchers conducted trials in 2012 through 2015 evaluating ILeVO fungicide/nematicide seed treatment performance against SCN in soybeans.
  3. Research trials included ILeVO fungicide/nematicide seed treatment at two different rates – a lower rate intended for protection against SCN and a higher rate for protection against both SCN and SDS.

Study Description

Years: 2012, 2013, 2014, & 2015

Locations: 91

Plot Design: Replicated research trials

Seed Treatment:

  1. FST + IST (fungicide seed treatment/insecticide seed treatment)*
  2. FST + IST + ILeVO fungicide: SCN rate (0.60 fl oz/140k unit)
  3. FST + IST + ILeVO fungicide: SCN/SDS rate (1.18 fl oz/140k unit)

*FST = EverGol® Energy fungicide + Allegiance® fungicide; IST = Gaucho® insecticide

Site Characterization

  • SDS: A late-season (R3 or later) SDS assessment was made for each research location. Locations with soybeans exhibiting visual SDS symptomology were categorized as "SDS environments".
  • SCN: At planting, soil samples were taken from the non-protected check plots to determine the level of SCN infestation at each research location.
    • Locations sampled and having > 200 cyst eggs/100cc were categorized as having moderate SCN infestation (Mod-SCN)
    • Locations sampled and having < 200 cyst eggs/100cc were categorized as having low SCN infestations (Low-SCN).
  • SCN & SDS: Locations having both moderate SCN infestation and SDS symptomology were categorized as “Mod-SCN & SDS” environments.

Results

  • Across all locations and years, the FST + IST + ILeVO fungicide/ nematicide treatments increased soybean grain yield over the FST + IST check by an average of 1.4 bu/acre when ILeVO fungicide/ nematicide seed treatment was applied at the lower SCN rate, and 2.0 bu/acre when applied at the higher SDS/SCN rate (Figure 1).
  • In low- or moderate-SCN environments, both rates of ILeVO fungicide/ nematicide seed treatment provided a similar yield advantage and win percentage over the base FST + IST (Figure 1 & Figure 2).
  • In locations having both moderate SCN infestations and SDS symptomology, the higher ILeVO fungicide/nematicide seed treatment rate recommended for protection against both SCN and SDS provided a 6.4 bu/acre (98% wins) advantage over the FST + IST check, whereas the lower ILeVO fungicide/nematicide seed treatment rate recommended for SCN only increased yield 3.3 bu/acre (82% wins) (Figure 1 & Figure 2).
 
 

Yield advantage with ILeVO fungicide/nematicide seed treatment compared to the base FST + IST in SCN and SDS environments.

Figure 1. Yield advantage with ILeVO fungicide/nematicide seed treatment compared to the base FST + IST in SCN and SDS environments.

 
 

ILeVO fungicide/nematicide seed treatment performance in SCN and SDS environments - percent wins over the base FST + IST.

Figure 2. ILeVO fungicide/nematicide seed treatment performance in SCN and SDS environments - percent wins over the base FST + IST.

Authors: Keith O'Bryan and Meredith Burnison


2012-2015 data are based on average of all comparisons made in 165 locations through Nov 1, 2015. Do not use these or any other data from a limited number of trials as a significant factor in product selection.

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