Bayer CropScience and Monsanto cooperate in Poncho use
Bayer CropScience and Monsanto have announced an exclusive agreement on the use of Poncho/VOTiVO seed treatment, according to a release from the companies.
Under the agreement, Monsanto will commercialize Poncho/VOTiVO with the 500 rate of Poncho under its corn brands, DEKALB, the Channel, brand and regional brands, as well as to license the product through its licensing business, which includes about 180 corn seed companies in North America.
"Offered exclusively with Acceleron seed treatment products for corn, Poncho/VOTiVO seed treatment from Bayer CropScience combines the number one corn seed-applied insecticide with a new living-barrier approach to nematode protection," the statement said
"Bayer data shows that the 500 rate of Poncho delivers increased control of wireworm, black cutworm, white grub and other early season pests. And four years of field research shows that Poncho/VOTiVO delivers an average 6 to 8 bu/A yield increase on corn over the industry standard, the 250 rate of Poncho," the companies said in the release.
“We look forward to this opportunity to provide growers with advanced technology that combines Bayer CropScience innovation in seed treatment with Monsanto innovation in seed,” said Bill Buckner, president and chief executive officer of Bayer CropScience LP. “This combination will help ensure that corn growers can have the best protection against yield-robbing nematodes and early season insects.”