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Bayer Announces Poncho/VOTiVO 2.0

During the first day of the Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa, Bayer announces that it plans to release Poncho/VOTiVO 2.0 for the 2019 planting season. According to the company, this next-generation seed treatment will “further enhance yield potential by increasing the availability of nutrients in the soil, while still protecting young corn plants from insects and nematodes.”

“Across a three year period, field trials in the U.S. have shown Poncho/VOTiVO 2.0 can increase yields by an average of 4 bushels per acre over Poncho/VOTiVO,” shares Jennifer Riggs, Bayer product development manager. “That’s 14 bushels per acre more than commercial fungicide systems.

“This seed treatment will bring new benefits to growers by increasing microbial activity in the soil and nutrient availability for the plant.”

The new product has also shown increases in root and plant mass.

Much of the yield potential for corn is determined within the first 4-6 weeks after planting. During this phase, protecting plants against above and below ground insects and plant pathogenic nematodes, as well as improving water and nutrient uptake, contributes to healthier plants and greater yields.