Each farm and every year is unique, and that’s why Beck’s seed enhancements team is constantly monitoring and testing new opportunities to bring the most beneficial and value-added products to our customers. Beck’s Escalate® with Nemasect® is an elite seed treatment comprised of 14 active ingredients that protect against 25+ different diseases, insects, and nematodes. That’s more than any competitor’s standard seed treatment package.
FUNGICIDES: In 2023, Escalate will include an astounding eight fungicides, one of them being a bio-fungicide, for early-season protection. The fungicide package boasts multiple modes of action for enhanced disease protection against common seedling pathogens such as Pythium spp., Fusarium spp., Rhizoctonia spp., and includes a heavy-hitting fungicide for defense against Head Smut.
INSECTICIDES AND NEMATICIDE: Every field has a unique population of pests that can vary by season. Beck’s Escalate seed treatment includes a hard chemistry insecticide that combats over ten common yield-robbing insects and a bio-based insecticide (Nemasect) to protect your corn from nematodes and other below-ground insect pests. Over the past six years, Nemasect has consistently outperformed competitive products and continually shows a 90% win rate versus standard treatment*.
BIO-STIMULANTS: The trio of bio-stimulants work in various ways. One improves disease protection. One enhances the speed and entry of moisture into the seed to increase total germination rate, and the third one works to promote root hair development for increased nutrient uptake.
THE BASE CORN PACKAGE PROVIDES ACTIVITY AGAINST:
SOIL-BORNE DISEASES - Fusarium, Rhizoctonia, Pythium, Diplodia, Macrophominia, Collettotrichum, Penicillium, Head Smut
SEED-BORNE DISEASES - Diplodia, Mucor, Rhizopus, Aspergillus, Helminthosporium, Cladosporium, Sphacelotheca, Fusarium
INSECTS - Wireworm, Seedcorn Maggot, Southern Corn Leaf Beetle, Chinch Bug, Corn Flea Beetle, Grape Colaspis, Black Cutworm, Thrips, Southern Green Stinkbug, Corn leaf aphid, Sugarcane beetle, Seedcorn Beetle, Corn Rootworm**, White Grub***
NEMATODES - Lesion Nematode, Stunt Nematode, Dagger Nematode, Stubby Root Nematode, Needle Nematode, and Additional Nematodes
* Nemasect delivered a median 9.8 Bu./A. yield protection advantage in corn in a 4-year trial (2016-2019) with 107 trial sites and a 90% win rate over F/I control.
** Corn rootworm protection provided by Escalate seed treatment with Nemasect is similar to the activity on corn rootworm as the 1250 rate of Clothianidin (Poncho).
*** White Grub, (including European, Chafer Larvae, May/June Beetle Larvae, Japanese Beetle Larvae)
Seed Treatment Stewardship
Seed treatments provide farmers with an economical means of protecting seeds and seedlings against early-season insect pests and diseases. This results in stronger and more uniform stands, healthier plants and higher crop yields. It is essential that those who treat, handle, transport, and plant treated seeds manage them properly and in accordance with label instructions to minimize the risk of pesticide exposure to humans and the environment.
The Guide to Seed Treatment Stewardship
Treated Seed Stewardship for Handling Spills