RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. - Seven of eight first-place winners in the 2008 National Corn Growers Association National Corn Yield Contest used Poncho 250 or Poncho 1250 from Bayer CropScience to help produce their award-winning corn yields. The seed-applied insecticides delivered the broad-spectrum protection needed for a successful season.



This trend continues the winning ways of NCGA yield contest winners who have depended on Poncho. Poncho 250 or Poncho 1250 has been used by yield contest winners in numerous years past, including seven of the nine in 2005 and all nine winners in 2006 and 2007.



The 2008 NCGA yield contest winners who used Poncho include:


  • Steve Albracht, of Hart, Texas, won in two 2008 categories: the Ridge Till Irrigated category with his yield of 346.5204 bu/A and the Irrigated category with his yield of 368.2742 bu/A.
  • Kip Cullers, of Purdy, Mo., won in the AA No Till/Strip Till Non-Irrigated category with his yield of 320.8716 bu/A.
  • Henry Everman, of Dansville, N.Y., won in the A Non-Irrigated category with his yield of 294.8977 bu/A.
  • David Hula, of Charles City, Va., won in the No Till/Strip Till Irrigated category with his yield of 361.9252 bu/A.
  • Michael Kosinski, of Westfield, Mass., won in the Ridge Till Non-Irrigated category with his yield of 294.2662 bu/A.
  • David Wolfskill, of Wernersville, Penn., won in the A No Till/Strip Till Non-Irrigated category with his yield of 296.878 bu/A.



  • Each winner will receive $4,000 from Bayer CropScience for using Poncho seed-applied insecticide. The prize checks were awarded at a special presentation during the 2009 Commodity Classic in Grapevine, Texas.



    With superior chemistry providing systemic and contact activity, Poncho 250 and Poncho 1250 can help maximize potential vigor, stands and yield. Poncho 250 provides early season protection against damage caused by black cutworms, wireworms, white grubs, seed corn maggots, grape colaspis, flea beetles, chinch bugs and other corn seed and seedling insect pests. For broader spectrum protection, Poncho 1250 also protects against damage caused by corn rootworms and billbugs.



    Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health care, nutrition and high-tech materials. Bayer CropScience AG, a subsidiary of Bayer AG with annual sales of about EUR 5.8 billion (2007), is one of the world's leading innovative crop science companies in the areas of crop protection, non-agricultural pest control, seeds and plant biotechnology. The company offers an outstanding range of products and extensive service backup for modern, sustainable agriculture and for non-agricultural applications. Bayer CropScience has a global workforce of about 17,800 and is represented in more than 120 countries.



    SOURCE: Bayer CropScience.