Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Farmers Gain New Tools to Protect Soybeans from Pests

Bayer CropScience and Monsanto Enter Agreement to Deliver Breakthrough Seed Treatment Technology for Soybeans.

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. (Aug. 9, 2011) – Soybean growers now have access to a revolutionary biological mode of action to help protect their crop from nematodes – as well as other pests – as part of an agreement announced today by Bayer CropScience LP and Monsanto Company.

Offered with Monsanto’s Acceleron® Seed Treatment Products for soybeans, Poncho®/VOTiVO® seed treatment from Bayer CropScience combines a seed-applied insecticide with a new living-barrier approach to nematode protection.

Acceleron Seed Treatment Products with Poncho/VOTiVO will offer protection against white grubs, seed corn maggot, soybean aphids, and overwintering bean leaf beetles, as well as nematode protection, including soybean cyst nematodes.  Poncho/VOTiVO also complements genetic resistance to nematodes in soybeans.

“We look forward to this opportunity to provide growers with advanced technology that combines Bayer CropScience innovation in seed treatment with Monsanto seed,” said Keith Vodrazka, product manager at Bayer CropScience LP. “This combination will help ensure that soybean growers can have the best protection against yield-robbing nematodes and early season insects.”

“Early season diseases and insect pests can have a major impact on a soybean crop’s growth and development. That’s where Acceleron Seed Treatment Products come into play,” said Randy Longest, Monsanto’s Acceleron product manager.   “Now growers will have a choice that includes Poncho/VOTiVO, this innovative nematode control technology, combined with Acceleron Seed Treatment Products.” 

New Poncho/VOTiVO provides a biological mode of action that introduces a revolutionary way to protect soybean seedlings and roots against nematodes. It contains bacteria that live and grow with young soybean roots, protecting against a broad range of nematodes that feed on soybeans.

Under the agreement, Monsanto will have rights to commercialize Poncho/VOTiVO on seed from its soybean brand Asgrow®, the Channel® brand, and regional brands, as well as to sell the product through its seed licensees, which include numerous independent- seed companies across the U.S. 

About Bayer CropScience
Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health care, nutrition and high-tech materials. Bayer CropScience, a subgroup of Bayer AG with annual sales of EUR 6.830 billion (2010), 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 20,700 and is represented in more than 120 countries. This and further news is available at: www.press.bayercropscience.com.

CONTACT:
Beth Roden
Bayer CropScience
+1-919-549-2030
Website: www.BayerCropScienceUS.com

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©2011 Bayer CropScience LP, 2 T.W. Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709. Always read and follow label instructions. Bayer (reg’d), the Bayer Cross (reg’d), Poncho® and VOTiVO® are trademarks of Bayer. Poncho/VOTiVO is not registered in all states. For additional product information call toll-free 1-866-99-BAYER (1-866-992-2937) or visit our Web site at www.BayerCropScienceUS.com.

About Monsanto Company
Monsanto Company is a leading global provider of technology-based solutions and agricultural products that improve farm productivity and food quality. Monsanto remains focused on enabling both small-holder and large-scale farmers to produce more from their land while conserving more of our world's natural resources such as water and energy. To learn more about our business and our commitments, please visit: www.monsanto.com. Follow our business on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MonsantoCo, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MonsantoCo, or subscribe to our News Release RSS Feed.

Acceleron® and Asgrow® are registered trademarks of Monsanto Technology LLC. Channel® is a registered trademark of Channel Bio, LLC. ©2011 Monsanto Company.

CONTACT:

John Combest of Monsanto Company, +1-314-694-6751
Website: www.monsanto.com

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