The root system that impressed a Michigan grower
Ed Sturm started farming in Scotts, Michigan, when he was just eight years old. With his many years of experience, Sturm has used several seed treatments on his corn. In 2018, he made the decision to use Poncho® Votivo® 2.0 seed treatment system* on a portion of his corn acres.
“A seed treatment gives you more of a leeway to get seeds in when it’s colder,” said Sturm. “I know about 30 years ago I’d be replanting right now because the seed would have been rotted. Now, with this treatment, it protects the embryo or the main part of the seed corn. It lets that corn work.”
After planting, Sturm saw a significant distinction from Poncho Votivo 2.0* seeds to other treated seeds.
“There’s such a difference,” Sturm said. “I’m just shocked at the root system. Poncho Votivo 2.0* had better root systems within two days after sprout. If we have another drought this year, we’ll have higher yield because the root systems have already grown deeper. We were finding roots probably three or four inches down. I’m impressed already.”