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Poncho Seed Treatment


Seed Treatment Insecticide

Strengthening cereal, maize crops and grass seed establishment

ACVM Registration No.P5967

Mode of action: Group 4A insecticide
Active ingredient(s): 600 g/L clothianidin
Formulation: Flowable concentrate (FC)

Poncho® is a proven, highly effective seed treatment insecticide providing broad spectrum protection against attack by above and below ground pests, and is recommended for maize, sweetcorn, cereal forage brassica and grass seed crops.

Poncho® protects seeds from the time of sowing, leading to better crop emergence and helping maximise production.

Key benefits

  • Forms a protective halo to repel soil-borne insect pests
  • Systemic activity protects newly sown crops and pasture for up to six weeks after sowing
  • Low toxicity to mammals and beneficial insects  

The past 2 years have been tough for dairy farmers and related industries but now, at last, the future looks brighter! With higher milk prices, now is the time to consider replacing some of your old and worn out pastures. Establish your new pasture with quality seed, treated with Poncho and see your investment grow.

Three ways Poncho increases your profit!

Pests can destroy newly sown pasture as you watch!

Poncho - Pest 1

1. Newly sown pasture can be attacked by Argentine Stem Weevil (ASW), Grass Grub and Black Beetle

These pests have a voracious appetite for young grass and if not treated all are capable of preventing pasture establishment. Use Poncho treated seed to control all three pests while pasture is establishing.

Poncho - Pest 2

2. Poncho treated pastures are more vigorous

Compare a Poncho treated crop with an untreated crop and the difference is clear. Poncho treated grass grows quicker and reaches the first cut earlier. Never used Poncho on your farm? Why not treat part of a paddock and see the difference yourself?

Poncho - Pest 3

3. Poncho treated pastures yield more

The rapid early growth of Poncho treated seed results in a higher yield.

Three reasons to use Poncho

Poncho - Pest 4

1. Poncho’s protective halo

Pests do not recover from Poncho. They either come into contact with the protective halo around the seed or through eating the Poncho protected plant. Either way they are controlled.

Poncho - Pest 5

2. Poncho is so convenient

No special equipment is required to drill the treated seed and there will be no empty containers to dispose of.

Poncho - Pest 6

3. Poncho and endophytes work together

The endophytes found in modern varieties of pasture grasses are very effective at controlling pests but they need time to establish in newly emerged grass. This leaves the grass vulnerable to pest attack. Poncho prevents the pests attacking and protects valuable grass seed while the endophytes establish.

How it works

Poncho® is released from the seed immediately after sowing, forming a protective halo around the seed, that is then taken up from the halo as the seed germinates, and is transported in the sap-flow throughout the plant to deliver root to tip protection.

Poncho® acts as a contact poison, stomach poison, antifeedant and repellent against Argentine stem weevil, Grass grub and Black beetle and aphids in cereals. Please see below for Poncho crop suitability.

Crop suitability

  • Cereals

  • Forage brassicas

    Argentine stem weevil
    Wheat bug
  • Grass seed crops

    Argentine stem weevil
    Black beetle
    Grass grub larvae
  • Maize

    Argentine stem weevil
    Black beetle
    Greasy cutworm
  • Sweetcorn

    Argentine stem weevil
    Black beetle
    Greasy cutworm
  • Wheat

    Argentine stem weevil
    Grass grub larvae