BASF introduces new soybean seed treatments

Vault IP Plus, Poncho XC, and Relenya seed treatments offer protection against early-season risks.

BASF has announced three new products in its soybean seed treatment portfolio: Vault IP Plus seed treatment, Poncho XC seed treatment, and Relenya seed treatment, all recently registered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). These products are now commercially available through local retailers for use in the 2021 soybean growing season. 

“Our enhanced soybean seed treatment portfolio offers growers a strong start to their growing season,” said Melissa Chu, product manager, seed treatments for BASF, in a BASF news release. “Now with a complete lineup of seed treatment solutions, BASF provides premium protection from early-season insects and diseases, along with nitrogen fixation to help maximize their seed investment.”

Inoculate and Protect for Higher Yields

Vault IP Plus seed treatment is the new standard to inoculate and protect soybean seed. To maximize yield potential, soybean crops require a lot of nitrogen, and up to 60% comes from beneficial rhizobia bacteria. Inoculating a soybean seed with healthy, active rhizobia to maximize the nodulation process reduces the risk of plants not having enough nitrogen. Annual inoculation from Vault IP Plus is beneficial to soybean fields planted early, in wet and dry soils where native rhizobia may die off or be less effective, say BASF officials.

Plus, the seed treatment’s dual biofungicide component provides effective protection against soilborne diseases including Fusarium and Rhizoctonia – two major fungal pathogens causing root rot, say BASF officials. This added protection works alongside base fungicides to give soybeans an extended period of protection from fungal diseases, say BASF officials. 

Vault IP Plus is also designed with the lowest application rate in the category leaving room for other treatments and 40% reduced packaging, which means retailers are getting a superior product with less waste, say BASF officials. 

Early Season Insect Control 

Poncho XC seed treatment is the latest addition to the Poncho family of products. Long known for its strong legacy of protecting corn, Poncho XC features the same long-lasting and fast-acting insect protection, now available for soybeans, say BASF officials. 
Poncho XC delivers immediate efficacy against damaging early season insects such as aphids, bean leaf beetles, thrips, and white grubs. Its systemic mode of action protects the entire plant, supporting healthier plant establishment. It also provides a consistent yield benefit across a wide range of geographies and environments, say BASF officials. 

Added Boost of Protection

Relenya seed treatment offers soybean growers a new seed-applied tool for disease management. Powered by Revysol fungicide, Relenya can be added to a base fungicide foundation to boost disease protection under Fusarium and Rhizoctonia pressure. When partnered with a base package, Relenya will also boost yield potential under varied levels of disease pressure, say BASF officials. 

Vault IP Plus, Poncho XC, and Relenya join ILEVO and Obvius Plus seed treatments to create a comprehensive portfolio of early-season soybean solutions. Together these products will offer soybean growers superior protection against insects and disease as well as a performance boost from Relenya seed treatment, say BASF officials. 

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