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Agronomist says it pays to protect soybean seedlings with fungicide

Farmers pay to give their crops the best start possible.

For soybeans, Peterson Farms Seed lead agronomist Rick Swenson recommends a fungicide seed treatment.

“As cheap as maybe $7 for doing a fungicide only, and if you throw in the insecticide and inoculant, talked to a guy this week (who said) it’s running $14 for that.”

He tells Brownfield farmers would be better off reducing populations to pay for a fungicide rather than not having that protection.

“It’s a value investment, and about as cheap a one as you can get. Insurance (to help you) sleep at night, I mean that’s the biggest thing to me.”

Some of the soybean seedling diseases most concerning to Swenson are Phytophthera, Rhizoctonia, Pythium, and Fusarium.

Peterson Farms Seed is based in North Dakota and works with farmers primarily in the Dakotas and Minnesota.

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