Bayer is continuing to invest in the future of agriculture with the development of Poncho/VOTiVO 2.0*, the next generation of Poncho/VOTiVO. The new seed treatment, which Bayer targets to make available for the 2019 planting season, 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 US have shown Poncho/VOTiVO 2.0 can increase yields by an average of 4 bu/A over Poncho/VOTiVO. That’s 14 bu/A more than commercial fungicide systems.” said Jennifer Riggs, Bayer product development manager. “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. Poncho/VOTiVO 2.0 will bring benefits in all of these areas to help corn plants reach their full genetic potential.

“With this seed treatment, growers will be more able to give their plants the best chance at a healthy start. This leads to a more uniform crop and provides a great foundation for achieving the best yields,” said Greg Ginisty, Bayer product manager. “The introduction of Poncho/VOTiVO 2.0 clearly demonstrates Bayer’s commitment to innovation that delivers value for growers.”

Growers can learn more about the Poncho/VOTiVO family and other innovations from Bayer by visiting https://www.cropscience.bayer.us/products/seedgrowth/poncho-votivo or contacting their local Bayer sales rep.

*Poncho/VOTiVO 2.0 is not yet available for use or sale.