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Three Products Coming Your Way From Bayer CropScience

A Poncho/Votivo upgrade, a soybean system that tolerates glyphosate and isoxaflutole herbicides, and a dual mode-of-action fungicide are in the works.

Bayer CropScience has some products coming your way next year that company officials discussed at this year’s Future of Farming Dialogue held at its world headquarters in Monheim, Germany. Here are three of those products.

Poncho/Votivo 2.0

This is a next-generation product of the Poncho/Votivo seed treatment that’s currently on the U.S. corn market. Poncho/Votivo protects young plants from pests like nematodes with a bacteria strain that lives and grows with roots and creates a living barrier that prevents nematodes from damaging roots. It also has a systemic agent that’s absorbed by roots to protect against other early-season insect pests.

Bayer officials say Poncho/Votivo 2.0 improves performance by adding a new Bacillus strain that provides a stabilized enzyme in the soil around the roots. It prompts sugar to be released that feeds native soil microbes, thus boosting the microbial population and activity around plant roots. The added nutrients cycle back into the plant via the root system, creating higher yield potential. 

Bayer officials say three-year U.S. Bayer trials show Poncho/Votivo 2.0 can increase corn yields by an average of around 4 bushels per acre over Poncho/Votivo. Bayer sets 2019 as the year for commercial release in the U.S. 

The Balance GT Soybean Performance System

This is a collaboration between MS Technologies, Bayer, and Mertec LLC. Its Balance GT trait confers tolerance to glyphosate and isoxaflutole, the active ingredient in the system’s Balance Bean herbicide. Corn farmers have used isoxaflutole for years in herbicides like Balance Flexx and Corvus. 

The Balance GT trait has received all necessary import approvals from foreign customers. However, the system won’t be commercially available until Balance Bean herbicide receives EPA approval. Bayer officials are hopeful for EPA approval for the fourth quarter of 2017.

“It is a broad-spectrum preemergence herbicide low in volatility,” says Arndt Wellman with Bayer CropScience. Among weeds on which it has excellent activity are the pigweed twin terrors of Palmer amaranth and waterhemp, he says.

Delaro Fungicide 

Many corn fungicides belong to the strobilurin chemistry family. They’re excellent fungicides, but drawbacks include a high susceptibility to resistance development and no curative activity. 

Delaro fungicide contains two modes of action consisting of strobilurin and triazole chemistry. The triazole chemistry has curative properties that can curb fungal diseases already present, say Bayer scientists. It’s registered for use in the U.S. and will be available for U.S. farmers for the 2018 growing season. 

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