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Sponsored: 3RIVE or Bust: Is the 3RIVE 3D™ System Worth the Investment?

Protecting your seed from the start is important to achieving high yields. Seed treatments are an excellent way to get a head start on season-long success. However, many farmers facing increased pest pressure, are finding that they also require extra protection around the seed and root zone throughout the season.

That’s where in-furrow insecticides come in. In-furrow technology not only nourishes the seed throughout its most vulnerable emergence stage, but it also protects the seed and alleviates plant stresses that can hinder farmers high-yield potential.

Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® team has been evaluating the 3RIVE 3D™ in-furrow application system for the past two years at five of their six PFR sites across the Midwest. The 3RIVE 3D unit fits on all major planter brands and is a great option for farmers who don’t have liquid fertilizer systems on their planters but still need insect control. The 3RIVE 3D system works by applying Capture® 3RIVE 3D insecticide as an in-furrow, three dimensional foam application that makes contact with the soil all the way around the furrow as the row closes, providing a continuous zone of protection.

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With a number of in-furrow insecticides on the market, you may be wondering what makes this technology so unique. For starters, it’s a water-based system designed to take very low volumes of water and a labeled rate of insecticide and expand that out 50 times. In fact, this unit and chemical combination are designed to allow 500 acres of application between fill-ups. Lastly, the active ingredient in the 3RIVDE 3D formulation is bifenthrin, which provides broad-spectrum protection from a number of soilborne pests such as corn rootworm.

Now for the most important question. Does it work?

Beck’s PFR team tested Capture through the 3RIVE 3D system at two different rates and on two different trait platforms in an effort to determine its potential effect on yield. In 2016, almost every application across all five sites provided positive yield gains. In fact, the multi-location, two hybrid average at the 4 oz. rate showed an increase of 2.4 Bu./A. while the 8 oz. rate provided yield gains of 2.6 Bu./A.

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What’s important to remember however is that positive yield gains do not always mean more money in your pocket. Beck’s PFR continues to conduct their PFR research in an effort to add profitability (not just yield gains) to the farm. The resounding takeaway from these studies was that the 3RIVE 3D system was most effective on products without a rootworm or insect trait package.

What does this mean for you? Consider the trait platforms of your hybrids and the insect pressure in your fields before purchasing any in-furrow insecticide. The 3RIVE 3D application system can be a great addition to farms if it’s applied in the right environment and on the right products.

Click on the links below to see how Capture and 3RIVE 3D performed in your area.

Stay tuned for some exciting new research as Beck’s PFR will be evaluating two new products through the 3RIVE 3D system in 2017.

Beck’s PFR is the largest source of unbiased, cutting-edge agronomic information in the industry. More than 110 different studies were conducted in 2016, comparing over 150 products across multiple locations to learn how different management practices and new technologies perform in field environments. In evaluating agronomic practices and input products, not comparing seed products, Beck’s PFR aims to help farmers maximize their input dollars and increase their bottom line. To view more studies from the 2016 PFR book, click here .

Practical Farm Research (PFR)® is a registered trademark of Beck’s Superior Hybrids Inc. 3RIVE 3D™ is a trademark of FMC Corporation

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