Poncho plays vital role in pre-season plans for 2008 corn crops

Market leader is the reliable choice to protect seed corn from extreme insect pressure

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. (December 4, 2007) — Growers don’t have time to waste when it comes to making decisions that will impact their 2008 corn crops.

That’s where Poncho® 250 and Poncho 1250 seed-applied insecticides come in. As growers make their hybrid selections this fall for next season, many will give consideration to the benefits offered by the leading seed-applied insecticide.

With superior chemistry providing systemic and contact activity, Poncho 250 and Poncho 1250 can maximize potential vigor, stands and yield.

Poncho 250 provides early-season protection against black cutworms, wireworms, white grubs, seed corn maggots, grape colaspis, flea beetles, chinch bugs and other corn seed and seedling insect pests.

And for broader spectrum protection, Poncho 1250 also protects against corn rootworms and billbugs.

“Poncho continues to show results for growers ─ it’s a product they know and trust,” says Kerry Grossweiler, Bayer CropScience product manager. “Both Poncho 250 and Poncho 1250 help maximize yield potential by delivering superior seed protection; and Poncho 250 protects against early-season pests that a Bt hybrid can’t stand up to on its own.”

Growers also see a return on their seed-treatment investments with Poncho, and it makes for a smart choice for those who are managing refuge acres from season to season.

“Poncho helps increase plant vigor in corn,” he explains. “It works to make the plant and the root system healthier.”

Additionally, Poncho 250 and Poncho 1250 have proven to be an integral part of a winning season for the past three years of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) Corn Yield Contest. In 2004, four of the nine winners protected their contest winning entries with Poncho. In 2005, seven of the nine national winners were protected with Poncho. And in 2006, all nine of the national NCGA winners were protected with either Poncho 250 or Poncho 1250. In addition, more than half of the 209 state yield winners overall were produced with Poncho as a key ingredient in the winning formula.

For more information on Poncho 250 or Poncho 1250, growers may visit www.BayerCropScienceUS.com. Growers also may contact their local Bayer CropScience representative; or, call 1-866-99-BAYER (1-866-992-2937).