Corteva launches new soybean seed treatment

Arkansas soybeansBeginning in 2022, soybean growers will be able to protect the genetic potential of their seed investment against double the damaging pests with Lumiderm seed treatment.

The Corteva product adds cutworms, white grubs, thrips and wireworms to the control spectrum compared to the industry standard seed treatment.

Labeled for use on soybeans, canola and oilseed mustard, Lumiderm contains the active ingredient cyantraniliprole, an Insecticide Resistance Action Committee Group 28.

“Growers — especially those who prefer to plant early — want better protection from emerging pest pressure during the early critical growth stage,” Brad Van Kooten, Pioneer seed treatment category leader, said in a news release. “Getting soybeans off to a strong start with less insect pressure is key to developing healthier root systems and fuller and more uniform plant stands; and helping to maximize yield potential.”

In trials, Lumiderm insecticide seed treatment produced a consistent 1 to 2 bushel per acre yield advantage in multi-year trials and an 8% reduction in plant stand gaps over the industry standard imidacloprid. In fields with a history of heavy insect pressure, Lumiderm also worked well when paired with Gaucho seed treatment and other seed-applied products, adding a unique mode of action for bean leaf beetles, seedcorn maggots and aphids, according to the release.

Lumiderm is part of the LumiGEN seed treatment portfolio from Pioneer for soybeans. It was released in limited grower testing quantities this season and will be fully available for the 2022 planting season.

In addition, Lumiderm provides a fit for growers who plant into cover crops, which may attract increased and broader insect populations to decaying crop residue and cover crop plants.

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