Canola School: Gauging the effectiveness of flea beetle seed treatments

(Kara Oosterhuis/RealAgriculture)

There’s plenty to learn from early scouting trips across the field, including seed survival, seeding depth, and evaluating the effectiveness of inputs so far.

One of those key early inputs includes a seed treatment, and one of the most common uses for insecticidal seed treatments on canola is to fight flea beetles. Because feeding on leaves has to occur in order to control the pest, how do you best evaluate a seed treatment’s effectiveness?

Rob Macdonald, and the agronomic excellence team at BASF, decided to take that question and do a demonstration across a few different plots. The seed was the same, the environmental conditions the same, soil type the same, and insect pressure the same. The only difference was whether or not crops were treated with a seed treatment.

Between the three different plots Macdonald walks us through in this Canola School episode, you can see some severe differences between the plots. Take a look yourself by checking out the video, below!

Wake up with RealAgriculture

Subscribe to our daily newsletters to keep you up-to-date with our latest coverage every morning.

Wake up with RealAgriculture