Poncho

Overview

Poncho®. Great Hybrids. Great Protection.


Spread the news! Poncho is the number one seed-applied insecticide for corn. Only Poncho provides consistent protection for corn seed and seedlings from all the major early season corn pests, right from the start. It’s a blanket of protection that increases your yields, gives you healthier crops and provides you with a better return on investment.

Poncho 1250

Poncho 1250 — Corn Rootworm and High Insect Pressure


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Poncho 1250 is the only seed treatment for corn that protects against corn rootworm and all seven early season corn insect pests. With protection that lasts beyond the five-leaf stage, you can count on Poncho 1250 to protect your return on investment.

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Poncho 250

Poncho 250


Better Emergence, Vigour and Stands

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Poncho 250 provides systemic protection of both the seed and developing seedling to give you uniform and vigorous crop stands. By working in the plant’s root system and on the above ground growth, Poncho 250 leads to a higher return on investment even with early planting, cold weather and wet stresses.

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Corn Root Worm

The Return of Corn Rootworm


Corn rootworm used to be a prominent pest before the benefits of crop rotation were understood and put into practice. Breaking the rootworm life cycle by avoiding corn on corn was an effective control measure that combatted the insect eggs’ ability to overwinter in corn and re-infest the next crop. While crop rotation is still effective, there’s now Poncho® 1250 seed treatment. If you select a hybrid with built in rootworm protection, then make sure you use Poncho 1250 seed treatment on your refuge acres to offer a helping hand.

As the economics of growing corn improve, growing consecutive corn crops in the same field is a very tempting prospect. To be effective, corn rootworm protection has to begin before the seed hits the ground – whether through crop rotation, seed treatment or corn hybrids with built in rootworm protection.

 

Poncho 1250. More than Corn Rootworm Protection.


Poncho 1250 is the only seed treatment with protection against corn rootworm, in addition to all major early season corn insect pests. Poncho 1250 also provides a smart resistance management choice by protecting all refuge acres from corn rootworm. If you select a hybrid with built in rootworm protection, then make sure you use Poncho 1250 seed treatment on your refuge acres to help maintain the effectiveness of corn rootworm control throughout your field.

In addition to corn rootworm control, Poncho 1250 is also recommended for later season control of all major insect pests – beyond the five-leaf stage of corn – and areas with higher overall insect pressure.

 

Corn Rootworm 101


"Scout for corn rootworm every year." That's the bottom line from field crops entomologist Tracey Baute, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. "Corn rootworm is the number two pest in terms of its ability to develop resistance, second to the potato beetle."

"If you grow continuous corn on a regular basis, scout in August to check for the presence of adult rootworm," says Baute. "Adults give you a good indication if enough eggs will be laid to need protection in the next crop year." The prominence of the pest depends on the year. So for 2008, overall corn rootworm levels were lower as the frequent rains didn't help larvae survival in the soil.

When you expect a heavier infestation, Baute acknowledges that seed treatment (like Poncho 1250) is a good tool – and one that must be used wisely. "Corn rootworm has adapted to crop rotation and has the ability to adapt to control products," she says. "Growers need to help keep products in the marketplace with responsible use, rotating with different chemistry when you can as well as rotating crops."

Multiple crop rotations – more than just corn/soy – are in fact what's keeping a rootworm variant out of Ontario fields. The variant lays eggs in soybeans and other crops, and the eggs hatch the following year and can survive if a corn crop is planted in the same field that year. "We're fortunate that we don't have to change our management strategy because our diverse crop landscape is making it very hard for us to find the variant in Ontario."

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions


Below is a list of some of the most common questions we get about Poncho® 250, Poncho 1250 and corn crops in general.

How do I know if a corn hybrid comes with Poncho seed treatment?

Poncho is commercially applied by seed companies, so talk to your seed dealer to find out if the hybrids you’re choosing come with Poncho. Or click here for a directory of seed companies that sell Poncho-treated seed.


What’s the difference between Poncho 250 and Poncho 1250?

Poncho 250 controls all major early season corn pests, up to the five-leaf stage of corn. Poncho 1250 controls corn rootworm, plus all major early season corn pests, beyond the five-leaf stage of corn.


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Is corn rootworm a big problem?

Corn rootworm used to be a significant insect pest when growing continuous corn was a common practice. Rootworm eggs are able to overwinter in fields and re-infest when corn is returned to the same field. Crop rotation is an effective control measure – and sound agronomic practice – to reduce corn rootworm.

However, as the economics of growing corn continue to improve, the temptation to grow consecutive corn crops in the same field also rises – increasing the threat of corn rootworm infestation.


Will an insect seed treatment improve my corn yields?

Yes. By protecting the seed and developing seedling from insect damage, corn stands are more uniform and vigorous, right out of the ground. Our research trials indicate that Poncho 250 yields an average of 5 bu./ac.* more than seed not treated with an insecticide, and Poncho 1250 returns an average of 21 bu./ac.** more than seed not treated with an insecticide.

*Based on 616 side-by-side field trials comparing the performance of Poncho 250 treated seed to seed not treated with an insecticide (2003-2006).
**Based on 10 side-by-side field trials comparing the performance of Poncho 1250 treated seed to seed not treated with an insecticide (2002-2003).


Do I need Poncho 1250 if I’m using a hybrid with built in corn rootworm protection?

Yes. All corn rootworm hybrids require refuge acres as part of a resistance management strategy. Poncho 1250 is an effective way to provide control on refuge acres while adhering to refuge acre recommendations. Talk to your seed dealer about what percentage of your field must be planted as a refuge. Also, if planting in soils with high insect pressure, Poncho 1250 will protect your corn seed.


Are there any special considerations when I’m planting Poncho 1250 seed?

Yes. To help lubricate the seed to ensure uniform drop, use talc or graphite to planter manufacturer recommendations when planting corn treated with Poncho 1250.

Seed Companies

Corn Seed Dealer Directory


Some of the world’s finest seed companies sell corn seeds treated with Poncho® 250 and Poncho 1250. Use the directory below to find out more about each company’s corn seed products.

Country Farm Seeds
www.countryfarmseeds.com

De Dell Seeds
www.dedellseeds.com

DEKALB
www.dekalb.ca

Horizon Seeds Canada
www.horizonseeds.ca

Hyland Seeds
www.hylandseeds.com

General Seed Company
www.geseco.ca/

Pickseed
www.pickseed.com

Pioneer
www.pioneer.com

Pride Seeds
www.prideseed.com

Maizex Seeds
www.maizex.com

Mycogen Seeds
www.mycogen.com

Syngenta Seeds
www.syngenta.ca

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