19 January 2022, UK: Maximise spring barley establishment and rooting with seed treatment
Don’t underestimate the need for a seed treatment
VIBRANCE® Duo is registered for use as a seed treatment on spring barley, spring wheat and spring oats. While seed and soil-borne pathogens present the first risk in the cropping year, they also have the potential to significantly reduce the number of healthy plants able to establish and are a long-term risk to yield and quality. The use of a seed treatment is the only way to control most seed and soil-borne diseases such as loose smut and leaf stripe. The presence and impact of these diseases is often not seen until ear emergence when it is too late to control them and they can easily spread and infect neighbouring crops. If untreated seed is routinely grown and re-sown these diseases can multiply exponentially potentially resulting in complete crop loss after just a few generations.
Building a resilient crop with VIBRANCE Duo
In addition to controlling seed and soil-borne diseases, establishing good root structures can build a more resilient crop which is important in spring cereals. When you purchase your seed, you don’t know what conditions your seed will be drilled into, or the weather for the remainder of the season. Recent seasons have seen extremes of weather including dry spring conditions which can lead to plant stress. This can be a particular challenge on typically lighter soil types used for growing malting barley.
Establishing good root structures can be particularly important in spring cereals. Recent seasons have seen extremes of weather including dry spring conditions which can lead to plant stress. This can be a particular challenge on typically lighter soil types used for growing malting barley.