Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Bayer CropScience Offers Variety of Innovations for Growers in 2011

Recent products include Poncho®/VOTiVO™, Stratego® YLD and Capreno®

TAMPA, FLA. (Mar. 1, 2011) – Bayer CropScience is featuring three recently launched innovative solutions at Commodity Classic held in Tampa, Fla., March 3 - 5. The featured innovations are Poncho®/VOTiVO™ seed treatment, Capreno® corn herbicide, and Stratego® YLD fungicide.

“We are very pleased to share with growers three new innovative products to support them in their quest to grow more off of every acre of land to feed a growing world population,” said Rodney Schmidt, corn and soybean portfolio manager. “Bayer CropScience is committed to bringing new solutions that improve yield, quality and profitability for the grower.”

Poncho/VOTiVO seed treatment
Poncho/VOTiVO seed treatment from Bayer CropScience is available in 2011 for corn after years of research and hundreds of trials.

“We have successfully combined the No. 1 corn seed-applied insecticide with a truly innovative new approach to protect seedlings and roots from nematodes. For growers, that means improved plant vigor, increased yields and a positive return on investment,” said Kerry Grossweiler, Poncho/VOTiVO product manager.

Bayer data shows that the 500 rate of Poncho 600 delivers increased control of wireworm, black cutworm, white grub and other early season pests. 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 600. Plus Poncho/VOTiVO creates a biological barrier of protection that nematodes can’t break through.

Capreno postemergence corn herbicide
Capreno, a novel chemistry among corn herbicides, combines a grass and a broadleaf specialist for complete weed control. With multiple modes of action, Capreno is strong enough to achieve onepass postemergence weed control, yet flexible enough to fit into a two-pass program. Launched in select states in 2010, Capreno will be available across the Corn Belt for the 2011 season.

Capreno is labeled to control more than 65 grass and broadleaf weeds, including fall panicum, yellow foxtail, green foxtail and other weeds exhibiting resistance to glyphosate, ALS, PPO or dicamba chemistries.

Applying glyphosate with Capreno can also help break the weed-resistance cycle, because multiple additional modes of action are being used to control weeds. Capreno combines HPPD and ALSinhibitor modes of action to control harsh weeds.

According to a 2008 field trial conducted by the University of Wisconsin (UW), treatments containing Capreno smoked, and kept down, common lambsquarters, velvetleaf and crabgrass throughout the season.

“Capreno offers growers a reliable, season-long weed control with the added benefit of convenience,” said Jeff Springsteen, corn herbicide product manager. “The low use rate of Capreno makes it extremely convenient to use, which means there’s less product to handle, it’s easier to ship, it takes less room to store and there aren’t as many jugs.”

New Stratego YLD fungicide
Stratego YLD fungicide is intended to offer enhanced disease control and yield potential to growers according to Bayer CropScience fungicide product manager Randy Myers. Stratego YLD in precommercial field tests has shown broad spectrum coverage and effective disease control that should increase stress tolerance, improve harvestability, and offer greater yield potential.

“It is a new formulation, but what makes Stratego YLD different is the fact that it has new chemistry in it,” Myers said. “It’s got a new triazole chemistry, which brings added breadth to the activity spectrum and allows it to do a much better job of ensuring the most return on investment.”

Powered by two modes of action, it includes a new generation of triazole technology that controls a broad spectrum of diseases in corn and soybeans. Plus, it provides an all-around coverage through a unique plant surface retention and redistribution action.

Early trials indicate better disease control and yield enhancement compared to current industry standards. Average yield increase of 3 bu/A in soybeans and 13.9 bu/A in corn in 2008 and 2009 trials vs. untreated checks.

For more information about these products, growers can log on to www.BayerCropScience.US contact their local Bayer CropScience representative, call 1-866-99-BAYER (1-866-992-2937).

Bayer CropScience is a company committed to bringing new technology to the forefront of crop production. For questions concerning the availability and use of products, growers should visit their retailer, contact a local Bayer CropScience representative, or visit Bayer CropScience online at www.bayercropscience.us.

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About Bayer CropScience
Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health care, nutrition and high-tech materials. Bayer CropScience AG, a subsidiary of Bayer AG with annual sales of about EUR 6.5 billion (2009), is one of the world’s leading innovative crop science companies in the areas of crop protection, non-agricultural pest control, seeds and traits. The company offers an outstanding range of products and extensive service backup for modern, sustainable agriculture and for non-agricultural applications. Bayer CropScience has a global workforce of 18,700 and is represented in more than 120 countries. This and further news is available at: www.press.bayercropscience.us.

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Beth Roden
External Communications Lead
Bayer CropScience
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