All nine first-place winners in the 2007 National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) National Corn Yield Contest used Bayer CropScience's Poncho 250 or Poncho 1250 seed-applied insecticides to help produce award-winning corn yields, the company announced.



Each winner will receive a $4,000 bonus from Bayer CropScience for using Poncho seed-applied insecticide. The prize checks were awarded at a special presentation Feb. 29, during the 2008 Commodity Classic in Nashville.



In 2004, four of the nine winners protected their contest winning entries with Poncho; and in 2005, seven of the nine national winners' crops were protected with Poncho. In 2006, all nine of the national NCGA winners' corn entries were protected with either Poncho 250 or Poncho 1250. This repeated again in 2007, as all nine category winners protected their corn acres with Poncho 250 or Poncho 1250.



Its chemistry provides systemic and contact activity, Poncho 250 and Poncho 1250 can maximize potential vigor, stands and yield. Poncho 250 provides early season protection against damage caused by black cutworms, wireworms, white grubs, seedcorn 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.



The 2007 NCGA yield contest winners who used Poncho include:



Steve Albracht, of Hart, Texas, won in the Ridge Till Irrigated category with his yield of 340.2373 bushels per acre.



David, Johnny, and Stanley Hula, of Charles City, Va., won in the No Till/Strip Till Irrigated category with his yield of 385.5861 bushels per acre.



Kip Cullers, of Purdy, Mo., won in the Irrigated category with his yield of 328.9704 bushels per acre.



Sam Santini, of Stewartsville, N.J., won in the A Non-Irrigated category with his yield of 313.7308 bushels per acre.



Phil, Pat, and Joe Thompson, of Owensboro, Ky., won in the A No Till/Strip Till Non-Irrigated category with his yield of 297.0972 bushels per acre.



Wally Linneweber, of Vincennes, Ind., won in the AA Non-Irrigated category with his yield of 292.5293 bushels per acre.



Jeff Mezera, of Bagley, Wisc., won in the AA No Till/Strip Till Non-Irrigated contest. He won with his yield of 286.6688 bushels per



Elwin Tanner, Union City, Tenn., won in the A Ridge Till Non-Irrigated category contest with his yield of 286.4549 bushels per acre.



Jerry Cox, of Delta, Mo., won in the AA Ridge Till Non-Irrigated category with his yield of 286.4549 bushels per acre.