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Maura Bennett Seed Treatments help Wheat
by Maura Bennett, click here for bio

Program: Colorado Ag Today
Date: September 20, 2018

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Colorado’s Winter wheat planting slowed a bit this week due to dry conditions.

Uncertain growing conditions, low prices and trade wars make producers jobs a good deal harder this season.

But a seed treatment representative says he’s counseling his clients to control what they can and try not to worry about the rest.

“We can control how deep we put our plants, we can control irrigation and fertilization,but when we put that seed in the ground our control becomes much less.”

Steven McLennan, business representative for BASF lives and travels around the state and reminds producers that diseases that have been showing up this year can be controlled with seed treatments such as Stamina 4. He says it protects their investment.

“There’s a disease called smut or common bunt. We saw some common bunt in some of my wheat areas this year. Dry seed decay. We’ve been in a low moisture area this year. Dry seed decay can be part of that. Rhizoctonia. Rhizoctonia is kind of a not so researched area but it affects just about all wheat producers in one form or fashion. And those are all things we can control. If we applied a good seed treatment to our wheat.

We’re just protecting out wheat and giving out wheat the best opportunity to emerge out of the ground. In the conditions that we’re presented with.

Wheat is one of Colorado’s top agricultural products, and the state ranks 7th in the nation for production. The 106 million bushels of wheat grown on more than 2 million acres

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