Bayer Announces Poncho/VoTiVO 2.0 at #FarmProgressShow

Kelly MarshallAgribusiness, Audio, Bayer CropScience

You’ve probably heard of Poncho/VoTiVO seed treatment, guesses Greg Ginisty, product manager for Bayer.  What you may not know is that it’s relaunching in 2019, better than ever.  It starts with the same trusted solutions that have worked for growers for the past six years: insecticide control, nematode protection and additional plant growth.  The 2.0 version, however, adds a complimentary, second biological that breaks down plant tissue in the soil.

This breakdown of tissue attracts more microbes into the root zone, Jennifer Riggs, Bayer product development manager told me at the Farm Progress Show.  That results directly in providing more nutrients for the plant to take up.  More nutrients mean a more mature plant earlier in the growing season.  Growers can expect an even greater increase in yield over the previous version’s 10 bushel bump.

Bayer, Jennifer and Greg“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 Riggs. “This seed treatment will bring new benefits to growers by increasing microbial activity in the soil and nutrient availability for the plant.”

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 or contacting their local Bayer sales rep.

Hear more about Poncho/VoTiVO 2.0 in this interview: [wpaudio url=”″ text=”Greg Ginisty and Jennifer Riggs, Bayer”]

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