Are neonicotinoid seed treatments in soybean production worth it? 2015 Update
In a Nutshell
Neonicotinoid seed treatments in soybean production are ubiquitous but recent evidence has called their benefit to yields and their ecological impact into question. • Farmer-cooperators compared soybean yields from soybeans of the same variety grown from neonicotinoid-treated seeds and seeds not treated with a neonicotinoid.
At each location, there was no measured effect of seed treatment on soybean yield. Given the lack of measured yield benefit, the economic practicality of neonicotinoid seed treatments can be questioned.