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Poncho VOTiVO

Poncho VOTiVO – Getting the most out of every hectare

Poncho VOTiVO is a combination of Poncho, recognised as providing first class control of early season pests, especially Argentine stem weevil (ASW), with VOTiVO (Bacillus firmus I-1582), a world leading biological seed treatment.

VOTiVO is a unique strain of the bacteria Bacillus firmus, I-1582. Applied to the seed, VOTiVO is very stable but once the seed is planted and begins to germinate the bacteria grow with the developing roots creating a living barrier. This barrier is able to reduce the impact of nematode attack.

Nematodes are a very diverse group of animals which occur in vast numbers. Those that attack maize are very small and live freely within the soil, moving around within the moisture film surrounding soil particles. They can be expected to be present in most New Zealand paddocks.

By coating the maize or sweetcorn roots with a living film of beneficial bacteria Poncho VOTiVO reduces the nematode’s ability to attack the roots. In addition, Poncho VOTiVO has been shown to bring plant health benefits such as enhanced rooting.

Poncho VOTiVO benefits

Provides immediate protection – systemic insecticide protects the seed against key pests from the moment it’s planted. The protective “halo” that Poncho creates protects the entire plant during the critical early growth stages.

With additional biological control – Bacillus firmus I-1582 creates a living barrier to suppress attack from a range of nematode species.

Protects yield potential – by protecting the entire plant during the critical crop establishment phase Poncho VOTiVO promotes a healthier root system and more uniform and vigorous crop.

Easy storage – the storage of Poncho VOTiVO seed is straight forward: simply store it under the same conditions as any other seed-treated maize.

Using Poncho on Maize and Sweetcorn

Insect Pests: Argentine stem weevil, Black beetle, Greasy cutworm, Nematode (suppression)

Use 120 ml/80,000 seeds. Mix with sufficient water (1.0 - 2.0 L/100 kg seed) and apply to seed ensuring even coverage.