To get the bushels at harvest time, farmers need to start the crop right. Helena Agri-Enterprises brand manager Tony Lorenz says seed treatment delivers a positive return on investment. “A lot of people are saying on average germs are down ten-to-15 percent and a lot of that is due to phomopsis,” said Lorenz. “Getting a stand is the first thing you need to have as a farmer.” Diseases like pythium and phytophthora can also kill a stand. Helena markets Seed Shield Max Beans to protect the crop.