November 23, 2017

Trade Talk 2017: ILeVO by Bayer

ILeVO by BayerSudden Death Syndrome can be a serious problem in soybeans. Farm and Ranch Director Rusty Halvorson talks with Chip Graham, SeedGrowth Technical Representative about ILeVO by Bayer.

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ILeVO seed treatment is the only product that offers effective protection against Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS) and nematodes in the seed zone, resulting in healthier plants and higher yield potential.

  • In 6 years of testing with 337 comparisons, ILeVO provides an average yield increase of 4.7 bu./A vs fungicide/insecticide base with a positive yield response 84% of the time. The yield advantage from ILeVO increases with higher levels of foliar SDS symptoms.
 SDS continues to be a major issue in soybean-growing regions. Once the soilborne fungus causing SDS is present in a field, it does not go away and can be spread by soil movement to neighboring fields.

ILeVO is the only product that protects against both the root rot and foliar phases of SDS, making it the most complete SDS protection available on the market. In fields that have been infected with SDS, ILeVO has been shown to be effective in helping minimize the impact of the disease on yield loss.

Nematodes cause significant yield loss every year across all soybean-producing geographies. Soybean Cyst Nematode (SCN) causes more yield loss in soybeans than any other pest. Complementing nematode-resistant soybeans with ILeVO adds another level of protection that results in reduced nematode damage and increased yield potential.

ILeVO protects against key pests in opposing weather conditions. While nematode damage increases in hot, dry conditions, SDS thrives in cool, wet conditions. With ILeVO, your soybean crop is protected against both.

For the best in soybean protection, pair ILeVO with Poncho/VOTiVO for unmatched control of the SDS fungus, nematodes and insects.

Key Benefits

  • Effective protection against SDS and Soybean Cyst Nematode (SCN) – SDS and SCN are two of the top yield robbers in soybean production. ILeVO provides broad-spectrum nematode protection in the seed zone.
  • Increased yields – trials show yields are 2-10 bushels per acre higher when ILeVO is used, depending on nematode pressure and SDS severity.
  • Early plant protection – because seeds are protected from early-season SDS infection, there’s no need to delay planting.
  • Increased plant performance – proven to help produce stronger, healthier plants, even in the absence of foliar SDS symptoms by protecting against root rot from the fungus that causes SDS.

Trade Talk 2017: Bayer Animal Health

As winter settles in, there are some special considerations for livestock. American Ag Network Farm and Ranch Director Rusty Halvorson talks with Dr. Larry Hawkins, Senior Technical Services Veterinarian on how to prevent parasite problems.


From Bayer Animal Health:

Healthy animals are an important part of our daily lives and are essential for global public health. As the world population grows, so does the demand for safe and high quality animal proteins such as milk, eggs, meat and fish. Essential to this are good and sustainable farming practices, as well as veterinary medicines that prevent diseases, treat sick animals and control disease outbreaks.

To this end, Bayer offers veterinarians and farmers innovative medicines and solutions that contribute to the quality of life, health and well-being of farm animals around the world. Among the important areas are in the treatment and prevention of parasitic diseases, anti-infectives, pharmacological therapies and farm hygiene. We also have an ongoing quest to discover and develop new and innovative therapies to make the world a better place for animals and humans.

We offer quality veterinary medicines and solutions for the treatment and prevention of parasitic diseases, anti-infectives, immunostimulation, pharmacological therapies and farm hygiene. We focus on beef and dairy, and have a broader product portfolio that includes swine, poultry and aquaculture.

In the interest of furthering animal health and well-being, we continually engage with veterinarians and farmers around the world to better understand their challenges and needs, and we support them with technical education and good farming practices.

In our pursuit for Science For A Better Life, we recently achieved an innovative milestone with the successful formulation of two immunostimulants for animal health. These immunostimulants offer veterinarians and farmers a novel non-antibiotic approach to help mitigate infectious diseases certain species of farm animals.

Trade Talk: Bayer and 4-H Science Matters

Rusty Halvorson talks with Darren Wallis, VP, Communications, Crop Science Division and Cheryl Lesko, Director of Development, Agriculture; National 4-H Council, about the importance of STEM education and a contest to promote STEM.

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From 4-H and Bayer:

For more than 100 years, Bayer and 4‑H have instilled the importance of science in life and career. Together, we have created the Science Matters program – a program designed to equip at least 25,000 students with the tools they need to deepen their understanding of science. Science Matters addresses the need for enhanced STEM education and growing a STEM workforce by fostering a love of scientific exploration in students across urban and rural areas around the country.

Through their collaborative program Science Matters, Bayer and National 4‑H Council are encouraging youth to consider how science impacts their everyday lives through a photo contest, “Why Science Matters to Me.” The winners of the contest will receive a trip for three to the National Youth Summit on Agri-Science, January 12-15, 2018. Held annually in Washington, D.C., the summit provides high school students from around the country with hands-on educational experiences that help them develop the skills and knowledge needed for the challenges facing agriculture, food security and sustainability.

Students may enter to win through the 4‑H website or Instagram by submitting a photo showing how life science is behind the food you eat, benefits your health or helps your animals. Each photo should also include a 300-word maximum caption telling why science matters to them. All posts must include “#ScienceMattersContest” and be submitted by November 26, 2017.

“The contest inspires young people across the nation to think more critically about how life sciences are intertwined with their lives,” said Ray Kerins, Bayer’s Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs. “From taking care of pets to consuming a healthy diet, science impacts us in ways many youths may not realize. This contest enables students to see that science is so much more than a classroom subject; it’s fun and relevant. We can’t wait to see creativity from young people across the country.”

A panel of judges comprised of both Bayer and National 4‑H Council employees will review all entries and select 10 finalists. The public will then have an opportunity to help choose the winners by voting on the 4‑H website for their favorite photo from December 1 – 6, 2017.

Three grand prize winners will receive a trip for three to Washington, D.C., to attend the National Youth Summit on Agri-Science in January 2018. Additionally, seven honorable mention award recipients will receive a $250 gift card to, 4‑H’s online shop and another 50 contest particpants will be selected at random to win a $100 gift card to

To be eligible for this promotion, participants must be between the ages of 14-to-18-years old and legal residents of the U.S.

Science Matters is an initiative set forth by Bayer and National 4‑H Council to spark the interest of young people across the nation in STEM-related fields, as well as instill a love for scientific discovery and provide students the tools they need to pursue STEM-related careers. To learn more about how Bayer and 4‑H are supporting the next generation through Science Matters, visit 4‑

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