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    Farming & Crop Protection Poncho®/VOTiVO®


    Poncho/VOTiVO protects young plants from pests during critical early development stages, leading to healthier root development and stronger stands. Applied directly to the seed, Poncho/VOTiVO protects the whole plant, above and below ground, preventing damage to early-season seedlings and roots before pests can strike.

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    Benefits of Poncho/VOTiVO
    Immediate Protection - Systemic agent protects valuable seed from the moment it's planted
    Pest Control - Biological agent creates a living barrier of protection against a wide range of nematodes, including soybean cyst, root-knot, root-lesion, reniform and needle nematodes
    Yield Potential - Promotes healthier root systems and a more vigorous and uniform crop, positively impacting yield

    How Poncho/VOTiVO Works

    Poncho/VOTiVO employs a biological mode of action with a unique bacteria strain that lives and grows with young roots, creating a living barrier that prevents nematodes from causing damage. It also has a systemic agent that’s absorbed by new roots immediately, providing control of many critical early-season insect pests. This dual protection results in healthier plant establishment and a more uniform crop, positively impacting yields.

    In 861 corn field trials conducted between 2007 and 2016, across a wide geography, Poncho/VOTiVO resulted in an average yield advantage of 5.3 Bu./A., when compared to Poncho 250.

    In 561 soybean field trials conducted between 2010 and 2016 across a wide geography, Poncho/VOTiVO resulted in an average yield advantage of 1.3 Bu./A., when compared to Gaucho®.

    From seed germination to plant establishment, Poncho/VOTiVO secures a foundation for the best yields.

    Key Pests




    • 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 (corn, sorghum)
    • Needle nematode (corn)
    • Root-lesion nematode (corn)
    • Early-season aphids (soybean)
    • Overwintering bean leaf beetle (soybean)
    • Soybean cyst nematode (soybean)
    • Root-knot nematode (cotton, soybean, corn, sorghum)
    • Reniform nematode (cotton, soybean)
    • Aphids including Sugarcane aphid (sorghum)
    • Seedcorn maggot (corn, soybean)
    • See label for additional pests

    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

    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.

    • SCN 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

    The Nematode Problem

    Nematodes. Small. Inconspicuous. Invisible to the naked eye, but more damaging than you can imagine. These tiny parasites can rob growers of profitable yields without growers ever even realizing it.

    They represent four out of every five animals on earth. They comprise 90% of all life on the earth’s seafloor, but they aren’t aquatic. They’ve caused as much as $81M worth of damage annually to crops in a single state, however they are rarely more than one eighth of an inch long. But there may be billions of hungry nematodes in your field.

    Four of every five animals on earth are nematodes.
    The cultural practice of planting the same crop year-after-year increases nematode populations. Some other reasons for spikes in nematode populations include:

    • The reduced use of carbamate and organophosphate insecticides, due to the introduction of insect control in or on the seed.
    • The increase in no-till and reduced tillage practices (less soil disturbance).

    The genetic traits in corn do little or nothing to control nematodes and nematode resistance in soybeans is not complete. Fortunately, our tools to diagnose nematodes have improved, making it easier to identify types and levels of nematodes in a field.

    As nematode awareness grows and more is learned about the interaction between plants and nematodes, it is obvious that crop yields are negatively affected.

    Listing of nematodes by crop:

    The Symptoms

    Perhaps the most troubling aspect of the nematode issue is that the symptoms of nematode attacks either can’t be seen or are often credited to other problems. Because the symptoms are common to a number of crop stresses, it is sometimes difficult to distinguish nematode damage from insect or herbicide injury, nutritional deficiencies or soil problems.

    Symptoms in corn, soybeans, and cotton can include:

    • Thin stands
    • Uneven plant height
    • Stunted plants and roots
    • Leaf yellowing
    • Chlorosis or other discoloration
    • Wilting of the plant
    • Uneven tasseling
    • Cysts or galls on roots

    The question should never be whether to test, but when to test.
    Populations grow throughout the season. All soil types – not just sandy soils – can have significant infestations of plant-parasitic nematodes. Soil sampling is the best way to determine which species of nematodes are in your fields, and at what levels. University nematologists recommend the following timing for nematode sampling:

    • Corn – 60 days post emergence
    • Soybeans – fall to planting time
    • Cotton – fall to planting time
    • Sorghum – as soon as summer crop has been harvested

    Contact your local representative about how to sample and analyze site locations.

    Life Cycle

    Nematodes are parasitic, and their life cycle is fairly common across types. Although nematodes progress through the stages of egg, juveniles, and adult, it is the juvenile stages that represent a threat. Here’s how they cause damage to your plants.

    1. Juvenile nematodes travel toward identifiable food sources – the roots and the exudates. When they encounter a root system, the juveniles of some nematodes penetrate the root and move into the cell in search of nutrients.
    2. In some species of nematodes, females swell so large they break through the root surface and become visible to the naked eye. Impregnated by male nematodes, they fill with eggs and eventually die, their body cavities forming cysts that incubate hundreds of nematode eggs.
    3. Other nematodes feed from outside the root surface using needle-like structures, or stylets, to pierce the root, creating an opening that allows them to remove nutrients. Most nematode species complete several life cycles during a plant’s life, while a few species take a year to finish the cycle.

    Because VOTiVO is living bacteria, it protects against the multiple life cycles of nematodes.

    Some nematode species can produce six generations in a single year.

    The Cost

    While nematodes may be too small to see, they’re causing problems too large to ignore. Many nematode species are known to focus their attention on three of the leading agricultural crops—corn, cotton and soybeans. Losses are staggering. The Society of Nematologists estimates that plant parasitic nematodes cause more than $3 billion worth of crop losses annually.

    • Nematodes cost soybean growers over $1.5 billion annually.
    • It is estimated that soybean growers lose 1 to 2.5 bushels per acre for every 1,000 Soybean Cyst Nematode (SCN) eggs at planting. 
    • Reniform nematodes are the most destructive type in the south in cotton and can cause yield losses of upward of 50% in severe cases, and currently account for $130M in annual losses to the U.S. cotton industry.
    • Columbia lance nematodes commonly generate losses from 10% to 25% per field in cotton and soybeans, but can exceed 50% in sandier fields under drought stress.
    • Needle nematodes—among the most decimating to corn yields—consistently produce between 10 and 75% reduction in grain yields.
    • Root-knot nematodes can cause losses in many crops, including corn, soybean, and cotton.

    Plant parasitic nematodes cause more than $3 billion worth of crop losses annually.