Key Issues Perspective: Need for control of corn, bean nematodes
“For many, many years, we were using soil insecticide in furrow or T-banded on nearly every acre planted with corn,” Ifft said.
Poncho/Votivo on soybean seed, a new label approval for the 2012 growing season, has Springer interested. Channel was able to plant soybean test plots with customers this year.
“What I like about Poncho/Votivo is that it [Votivo] is a biological; it isn’t toxic to beneficial nematodes or those handling it. All Poncho/Votivo does is put up a barrier around the roots so that the bad nematodes that want to feed on the corn or bean roots are kept away,” Springer said in explaining what he has learned about the seed treatment.
Both Springer and Ifft noted that the same gene event providing beans with resistance to cyst nematodes has been used continuously for a long time. “We have used the same cyst nematode-resistant seed strains for several years, and I’m sure that the nematodes are building some resistance,” Springer said.
Ifft said, “We believe Poncho/Votivo, in conjunction with the cyst resistance in the beans, is really the best way to manage cyst nematode populations as well as control insect pests.”
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