International Sugar Journal

Effects of seed treatment chemicals on stand establishment and yield obtained from billet planting in Louisiana* [Full subscriber]

Billet planting has been problematic under subtropical conditions in Louisiana due to environmental stress and stalk rots. The seed treatment chemistry that is a component of the PleneTM sugarcane planting system developed by Syngenta AG is being evaluated for ability to increase billet planting yield. Machine-cut billets with three to four buds of three cultivars were dipped prior to planting in either a mixture of three fungicides (azoxystrobin, fludioxonil, and mefenoxam); an insecticide (thiamethoxam) with a nematicide (abamectin); a combination of fungicides, insecticide, and nematicide; or left untreated. In experiment one, plant cane tonnage was higher in the total pesticide…

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