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    ILeVO seed treatment is the only product that offers effective protection against Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS) and nematodes in the seed zone, resulting in healthier plants and higher yield potential.

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    Benefits of ILeVO
    Effective protection against SDS and Soybean Cyst Nematode (SCN) – SDS and SCN are two of the top yield robbers in soybean production. ILeVO provides broad-spectrum nematode protection in the seed zone.
    Increased yields – trials show yields are 2-10 bushels per acre higher when ILeVO is used, depending on nematode pressure and SDS severity.
    Early plant protection – because seeds are protected from early-season SDS infection, there’s no need to delay planting.
    Increased plant performance – ILeVO has been proven to help produce stronger, healthier plants, even in the absence of foliar SDS symptoms by protecting against root rot from the fungus that causes SDS.

    In 6 years of testing with 337 comparisons, ILeVO provides an average yield increase of 4.7 bu./A vs fungicide/insecticide base with a positive yield response 84% of the time. The yield advantage from ILeVO increases with higher levels of foliar SDS symptoms.

    SDS continues to be a major issue in soybean-growing regions. Once the soilborne fungus causing SDS is present in a field, it does not go away and can be spread by soil movement to neighboring fields.

    ILeVO is the only product that protects against both the root rot and foliar phases of SDS, making it the most complete SDS protection available on the market. In fields that have been infected with SDS, ILeVO has been shown to be effective in helping minimize the impact of the disease on yield loss.

    Nematodes cause significant yield loss every year across all soybean-producing geographies. Soybean Cyst Nematode (SCN) causes more yield loss in soybeans than any other pest. Complementing nematode-resistant soybeans with ILeVO adds another level of protection that results in reduced nematode damage and increased yield potential.

    ILeVO protects against key pests in opposing weather conditions. While nematode damage increases in hot, dry conditions, SDS thrives in cool, wet conditions. With ILeVO, your soybean crop is protected against both.

    For the best in soybean protection, pair ILeVO with Poncho/VOTiVO for unmatched control of the SDS fungus, nematodes and insects.

    Key Pests

    The list of pests controlled by this product are from the Environmental Protection Agency approved Federal Label. Please click on 'Labels / MSDS' in the left hand navigation for special or state labeled pests. Always read and follow label instructions.

    Aphid, Aphid (Black Bean), Aphid (Corn Leaf), Aphid (English Grain), Aphid (Sugarcane), Aphid (Yellow Sugarcane)

    Beetle Larva (Japanese), Beetle Larva (June), Beetle Larva (May), Beetle (Bean Leaf), Beetle (Corn Flea), Beetle (Flea), Beetle (Grape Colaspis), Beetle (Red Flour), Beetle (Rusty Grain), Beetle (Southern Corn Leaf), Beetle (Sugarcane),Borer (Lesser Grain)

    Chafer Larva (European), Chinch Bug, Cutworm (Black)

    Grape Colaspis, Greenbug, Grub, White

    Leafhopper, Leafminer

    Maggot (Seedcorn), Maggot (Sugar Beet Root), Moth (Indian Meal)

    Nematode (Dagger), Nematode (False Root-Knot), Nematode (Lance), Nematode (Lesion), Nematode (Needle), Nematode (Pin), Nematode (Reniform), Nematode (Ring), Nematode (Root Lesion), Nematode (Root-Knot), Nematode (Soybean Cyst), Nematode (Spiral), Nematode (Sting), Nematode (Stubby Root), Nematode (Stunt), Nematode (Sugar Beet Cyst)

    Rootworm (Southern Corn)

    Springtail (Subterranean), Stinkbug (Southern Green)

    Threecornered Alfalfa Hopper,Thrips

    Weevil (Rice), Wireworm

    Labels and MSDS

    The attached label(s) remain valid while BASF works on submitting/receiving state registrations.

    Always read and follow label directions.

    Poncho/VOTiVO + ILeVO

    America’s No. 1 seed treatment, Poncho/VOTiVO, is now available with the only seed treatment available to control Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS) with activity against nematodes, ILeVO. The result is the broadest-spectrum early development protection available so growers have fewer worries on their mind and can focus on growing their operation.

    The triple-action protection of Poncho/VOTiVO + ILeVO protects young soybean plants against early-season disease, insects and nematodes, providing a stronger agronomic start to the season for greater yield and profit potential at harvest.

    Proven Results

    • Field trials show that when Poncho/VOTiVO + ILeVO is used, farmers can expect yield increases of 4-10 bu./acre over the seed-applied fungicide and insecticide control
    • Performance in 2015
      • Plant populations with ILeVO were 99.8% of the base fungicide & insecticide seed treatment across 151 head to head comparisons.
      • Yield benefit of 6.5 bu./acre was observed with above ground symptoms of SDS averaged across 33 trials.
      • Yield benefit of 2.9 bu./acre was observed with little or no above ground symptoms of SDS averaged across 95 trials.
    • Poncho/VOTiVO + ILeVO out-yielded Clariva Complete Beans + Mertect 340-F by 5 bu./acre across 54 university trials.

    Triple-Action Protection
    From the time of planting, Poncho/VOTiVO + ILeVO works to provide unmatched root and plant protection.

    •  Poncho/VOTiVO Advantages
      • Creates a living barrier that prevents nematode strikes
      • A systemic mode of action protects the entire plant during early development, supporting healthier plant establishment
    • ILeVO Advantages
      • The only seed treatment solution for SDS that has activity against nematodes
      • Controls Fusarium root rot at the initial infection site before symptoms become visible
      • Kills all nematodes in the seed zone, including SCN, by disrupting nematode respiration

    Poncho/VOTiVO + ILeVO for Triple-Action Protection
    SDS and SCN: Leading Soybean Yield Robbers

    SDS and Soybean Cyst Nematode (SCN) are today’s leading soybean yield robbers, accounting for the loss of over 186 million bushels in 2014.

    SDS can cause yield losses of up to 30% without any visual signs of a problem

    SDS and SCN have been documented in almost every state where soybeans are grown

    SDS and SCN can survive and overwinter, and once in a field, they stay there

    Learn more about the yield-robbing effect of nematodes and how to determine if they are in your field with our Nematode Sampling Guide.

    Soybean Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS)

    Prepare for SDS Early in the Season
    According to University of Illinois research, the initial SDS infections that occur on the roots and crowns of young soybean plants occur as early as the seedling stage. Roots have a blue coloration when infected and subsequent Root rot affects seedling health.

    Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS) is one of the top yield-robbing pests in soybeans. Over the last five years, average annual damage caused by SDS cost soybean growers more than 44 million bushels in lost yield, and the spread of the disease continues to climb. SDS has been documented in almost every state where soybeans are grown. And while reported losses often represent 20-30 percent of a crop, yields can be cut by more than 70 percent.

    • SDS strips soybeans of production potential. But proper early-season preparations can help alleviate possible late-season losses.
    • SDS is caused by the fungus Fusarium virguliforme, which spreads through soil movement from field to field. The fungus can survive and overwinter in crop residue.

    Melissa Chu ILeVO® product manager , urges growers to pay attention to the possibility of SDS in their field. Once SDS is in a field, it stays there, and it’s a disease growers have been fighting for decades. Studies at Southern Illinois University Carbondale confirmed greater soil compaction leads to higher levels of SDS.

    • Often SDS develops in cool, wet weather and in compacted soil.
    • More moisture for longer periods of time in the soil enables the SDS pathogen to penetrate the soybean plant via the root system and put stress on the plant.

    At flowering, the SDS fungus produces toxins that cause foliar destruction, including leaf drop and aborted pods. Plants may pull easily from the soil. Soybean stem tissue turns white, while areas between leaf veins turn bright yellow and then brown. The brown tissue may fall out and leave large holes in the leaves. Toxin production and symptom severity will vary by climatic conditions and the level of SDS resistance in the varieties grown.

    SDS Management

    • An integrated approach should be taken to manage and prevent SDS.
    • Though there are no seed varieties with the greatest resistance to SDS for fields with a history of the disease, and consider improving soil drainage in fields with recurring problems.

    ILeVO is unique in that it protects against both the foliar (above-ground) and root-rot (below-ground) phases of the disease, making it the most complete SDS protection available on the market. In addition, ILeVO provides broad-spectrum protection against all plant-parasitic nematode species in the seed zone, including Soybean Cyst Nematode (SCN), which, when present in a field, can exacerbate the SDS disease.

    Field trials show yield are 2-10 bushels per acre higher when ILeVO is used, depending on pest severity. Including ILeVO and Poncho®/VOTiVO® as part of an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program ensures soybeans perform better, even in high-risk areas.

    The Halo Effect

    The Halo Effect – The Mark of Protection Against SDS
    ILeVO® seed treatment from BASF is the first and only solution for soybean Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS) with activity against nematodes. It protects the soybean root system against the SDS fungus, and it has activity against nematodes in the seed zone, producing healthier plants for higher yield potential.

    In most instances, growers will see the Halo Effect – a visual confirmation that ILeVO is working to protect the plant. The Halo Effect is a discoloration that appears on the edge of the cotyledons, appearing first as light green to yellow to brown as the seedling emerges. The discoloration is limited to the cotyledons and does not appear on the unifoliates or trifoliates.

    The Halo Effect is an indication that ILeVO is being localized in the soybean root and seedling where it is needed for protection against the fungus causing SDS and against nematodes as well.

    What does the Halo Effect look like?
    The Halo Effect discoloration is a visual side effect, which will not harm the plant, and is a symptom showing that ILeVO seed treatment is working to protect the plant from the fungus that causes SDS.

    How long does the Halo Effect discoloration last?
    The discoloration lasts until the cotyledons fall off. Once plant growth results in unifoliates and initial trifoliate production, the plant will again appear normal in color. Since SDS symptoms are rarely seen in seedlings, the Halo Effect provides growers with the confidence that ILeVO is defending the plant.

    What if there is no Halo Effect? Does that mean that ILeVO is not working?
    While all crops will experience some form of the Halo Effect, growers should not be concerned if they miss the visual signs. If seeds are treated with ILeVO, growers can be confident that their crops are protected from SDS.

    How does ILeVO work?
    ILeVO is absorbed by the germinating soybean seed and moves into the seedling’s roots, stem and cotyledons, where its unique mode of action provides early plant protection against SDS.

    Is there a growth response to ILeVO?
    In some instances, growers may initially see a slower growth response as the soybean plant begins to process or metabolize ILeVO. The slower growth allows the developing plant time to build up its internal resistance to SDS, effectively jump-starting the plant’s defense response in a manner similar to the way the human body reacts to vaccines. However, 20 to 30 days after emergence, growers will begin to see a healthier-looking plant, compared to untreated soybeans, due to the effective control of SDS.

    Is there an effect on seedling emergence, plant stands or yield?
    The Halo Effect has no detrimental impact on the speed of emergence, plant stands or yield. After three years of field testing, soybeans treated with ILeVO emerge at the same speed as untreated beans. The presence of ILeVO does not impact emergence or plant stands. In fact, field trials showed plants treated with ILeVO produced yields 2–10 bushels per acre higher than with other fungicide/insecticide seed treatments.

    Does ILeVO trigger a response to herbicides?
    BASF research in 2013 and 2014 showed no interaction with pre-emergence herbicides. Both BASF and university researchers performed field and greenhouse trials to identify any potential herbicide interactions. Testing will continue throughout the 2015 season. To learn more visit the Iowa State University and Purdue University report page.

    How does ILeVO impact Root rot and nematodes?
    SDS is one of the most aggressive soybean root rot pathogens. Initial SDS infections occur on the roots and crowns of young soybean plants causing a phase that impacts the early-season health of the soybean seedling. Even when no SDS visual symptoms are experienced, root rot effects can still contribute to yield loss. ILeVO controls this early-season root rot at the initial infection site before symptoms become visible, thereby reducing the incidence and severity of the impact SDS has later in the season.

    Additionally, ILeVO has a mode of action new to the market which provides broad-spectrum activity against nematodes including lance, reniform, root lesion, root-knot and Soybean Cyst Nematodes (SCN). SCN is the number one yield-robbing soybean pest and has caused an average loss of 126 million bushels per year over the last five years.*

    *A. Wrather, University of Missouri, United Soybean Board-funded project.

    What is the yield benefit of ILeVO?
    During research and field trials between 2011 and 2015, ILeVO® was used on 285 fields and showed an average yield increase of 2 to 10 bu./A depending on SDS severity. At a soybean commodity price of $9/bu., this would create an additional value of $18-$90 per acre.