Seed treatments can’t walk on water, but they’ll help to enhance the existing seed quality that you have. That’s why it’s very important to select the highest-quality seed you can possibly get. A good start to the year will put you in the best position to maximize the genetic potential of your pulse crop.
If you have poor emergence or stand establishment, you’ll be fighting an uphill battle. This is especially true in chickpeas, peas and lentils, as their genetic characteristics don’t allow them to have a big branching canopy like canola plants, where they can compensate and fill gaps.
Even if you have high germination and vigour with little to no disease, you might not know whether a disease like Rhizoctonia is lurking in your soil.
Rhizoctonia is very deceptive since certain strains aren’t pathogenic to cereal plants, but will infect a pulse crop. I’ve seen guys growing a durum-lentil or durum-pea rotation that didn’t realize they had a problem until it was too late.
That’s where seed treatments come in — as a way to protect that pulse seed, ensure even emergence and stand establishment, and allow you to make easier decisions when it comes to herbicide and fungicide timing.