Seed Treatments can Reduce Pest Battles as Crops Grow

With all of the insects that feed on recently planted crops, it can be difficult for corn, cotton and soybean producers to achieve profits each year. Increasingly, seeds are being pretreated with insecticides. Don Cook, an entomologist with the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station and the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said corn and soybean insecticidal seed treatments have been used routinely in the state for the last decade. The question used to be whether or not producers treated their seeds; it is now about which one they want. Some people will buy corn with low rates of treatment; others will go to a midrate treatment. Regardless, seed treatments stabilize yields to some degree and minimize the amount of replanting.

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