June 22, 2011


Bayer CropScience introduces Poncho/VOTiVO for soy and cotton



Bayer CropScience is announcing that Poncho®/VOTiVO® will be available on soy and cotton for the 2012 growing season.


With these additions, growers will have a new tool to fight nematodes and early-season pests which damage crops and decrease yield.


"The proven efficacy of Poncho/VOTiVO on corn gives soy and cotton growers assurance that their crops will thrive by reducing damage and loss due to pests and nematodes," said Kerry Grossweiler, product manager of Bayer CropScience. "We are proud to maintain our long-term partnership with corn, cotton, and soy growers through a portfolio of seed treatment offerings, including Poncho/VOTiVO."

In 2011, 76.6 million acres are expected to be planted with soy. Soy cyst nematode (SCN) is the No.1 pest affecting yields for soy growers. It accounts for an estimated US$1 billion loss in soy crops annually. Poncho/VOTiVO is the perfect companion to soy seed with genetic resistance to nematodes. Poncho/VOTiVO keeps important soy nematode species, including reniform, root-knot and soy cyst from reaching the root.


In addition to nematodes, insects that Poncho/VOTiVO protects against include early-season aphids, over-wintering bean leaf beetle, seed corn maggot, and grape colaspis.


Extensive testing with Poncho/VOTiVOhas shown a significant yield advantage in soy, with an average of 1-2 bu/A gain over and above the increase experienced with Gaucho® seed-applied insecticide.


Nematodes remain a major yield-reducing pest in cotton. The Cotton Disease Council's Cotton Disease Loss Estimate Committee attributed more than 500,000 bales of lost yield to nematode damage in 2009.


Cotton acreage increases are expected in every state this year, for a total of 12.6 million acres. For these plants, Poncho/VOTiVOcan protect against nematodes, including root-knot, reniform and Columbia lance.

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