Start thinking solutions for cereal seed- and soil-borne disease
We already know a lot about the impact of leaf diseases and head diseases. But when
you harvest a cereal crop that’s been infected on the seed, it then becomes a source of
seed-borne disease next season. In fact, we’re seeing more seed- and soil-borne
disease now than ever before.
That’s because today’s continuous cropping – and, in some cases, short crop rotations
–means there’s more crop residue left in the field from previous seasons as a source of
inoculum, which increases your disease risk.
Where growers typically used cereal seed treatments to protect against smuts and
bunts, recent disease surveys are showing a broader range of important seed- and soil-
borne pathogens that might not have been as common in the past.
Two major examples are seed-borne Fusarium, which causes head blight, and soil-
borne Rhizoctonia that can impact your next canola crop. Other important diseases
include common root rot – which can be both seed- and soil-borne and negatively affect
germination – as well as Septoria on both wheat and barley.
Seed tests and treatments are key to better stands
Even though seed- and soil-borne disease infection rates are growing, there are
solutions that can help. Start first with getting your seed tested.
Before seeding, you need to know what diseases you have on your seed, and how they
can impact your stand. Send samples of your seed to an accredited lab to check for
germination and vigor. You can also find out if there’s been any other major issues, like
frost damage, heating in the bin or mechanical damage.
If you’re planning to use a seed lot that can’t be easily replaced, be sure to look at a
quality seed treatment. Start by getting an idea of what your seed treatment can do in
terms of improving germination and vigour – and then select the right seed treatment to
address your biggest disease concerns.
Remember – even if you’re seed has low levels of diseases, it’s still very important to
protect your seed investment from soil-borne disease. Growing conditions will influence
disease pressures you may have in the field at seeding or emergence, so consider a
seed treatment with a comprehensive disease spectrum on the label.
Keep your cereals standing strong with broad-spectrum disease control
Vibrance® Quattro seed treatment from Syngenta brings together four fungicides to give
you the best, broad-spectrum disease control for your cereals, including excellent
protection against Fusarium and Rhizoctonia.
Having broad-spectrum diseases control on your side gives your seed the best chance
to germinate – and helps improve plant health and vigour. These factors together set the
stage for better yields.
Vibrance Quattro is also built specifically for growers on the Canadian Prairies, with a
convenient, easy-to- apply all-in- one formulation that dries fast on the seed and provides
good coverage under cool temperatures.