Are neonicotinoid seed treatments in soybean production worth it?

Published Dec 6, 2014

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.

Key Findings

At each location, there was no measured effect of seed treatment on soybean yield.

Furthermore, the economic practicality of neonicotinoid seed treatments can be questioned given the lack of measured yield benefit.