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Probability of a Return on Investment
(ROI) for Soybean Seed Treatments
October 2012

By Shawn P. Conley, Ph.D.
State Soybean and Small Grains Extension Specialist
University of Wisconsin, Madison


Executive Summary
(4 min 21 sec)

Full Presentation
(15 min 25 sec)


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Summary: In the past 15 years, the soybean industry has seen a dramatic increase in the use of seed treatments in the United States. It is estimated that currently 50% - 70% of all soybean seeds planted in the U.S. are treated. This presentation will help growers, consultants, and researchers understand the trends behind this dramatic increase in seed treatment use, the various factors that go into seed treatment decisions, and it provides a useful risk matrix that helps the user assess their probability of breaking-even on seed treatments.

Responsibility: United Soybean Board (USB) farmer-leaders develop and maintain partnerships with U.S. land grant universities and U.S. ag-focused research organizations such as the Plant Management Network to increase the transfer of checkoff-funded applied and practical production research information to U.S. soybean farmers. USB neither recommends nor discourages the implementation of any advice contained herein, and is not liable for the use or misuse of the information provided.

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