BASF introduces new seed treatment solutions for soybean growers


  • Vault IP Plus, Poncho XC and Relenya seed treatments offer superior protection against early-season risks
  • The new lineup of seed treatments joins an existing portfolio of proven solutions for soybean growers that includes ILEVO and Obvius Plus


RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., October 13, 2020 – BASF is strengthening its soybean seed treatment portfolio with the introduction of three new products: Vault® IP Plus seed treatment, Poncho® XC seed treatment and Relenya® seed treatment, all recently registered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  These products are now commercially available through local retailers for use in the 2021 soybean growing season.


“Our enhanced soybean seed treatment portfolio offers growers a strong start to their growing season,” said Melissa Chu, Product Manager, Seed Treatments. “Now with a complete lineup of seed treatment solutions BASF provides premium protection from early-season insects and diseases, along with nitrogen fixation to help maximize their seed investment.”



Inoculate and Protect for Higher Yields

Vault IP Plus seed treatment is the new standard to inoculate and protect soybean seed. To maximize yield potential, soybean crops require a lot of nitrogen and up to 60 percent comes from beneficial rhizobia bacteria. Inoculating a soybean seed with healthy, active rhizobia to maximize the nodulation process reduces the risk of plants not having enough nitrogen. Annual inoculation from Vault IP Plus is beneficial to soybean fields planted early, in wet and dry soils where native rhizobia may die-off or be less effective.


Plus, the seed treatment’s dual biofungicide component provides effective protection against soil borne diseases including Fusarium and Rhizoctonia – two major fungal pathogens causing root rot. This added protection works alongside base fungicides to give soybeans an extended period of protection from fungal diseases, right from the start.


Vault IP Plus is also designed with the lowest application rate in the category leaving room for other treatments and 40 percent reduced packaging, which means retailers are getting a superior product with less waste.



Early Season Insect Control

Poncho XC seed treatment is the latest addition to the Poncho family of products. Long known for its strong legacy of protecting corn, Poncho XC features the same long-lasting and fast-acting insect protection, now available for soybeans.


Poncho XC delivers immediate efficacy against damaging early season insects such as aphids, bean leaf beetles, thrips and white grubs. Its systemic mode of action protects the entire plant, supporting healthier plant establishment. It also provides a consistent yield benefit across a wide range of geographies and environments.



Added Boost of Protection

Relenya seed treatment offers soybean growers a powerful new seed-applied tool for disease management. Powered by Revysol® fungicide, Relenya can be added to a base fungicide foundation to boost disease protection under Fusarium and Rhizoctonia pressure. When partnered with a base package, Relenya will also boost yield potential under varied levels of disease pressure.


Vault IP Plus, Poncho XC and Relenya join ILEVO® and Obvius® Plus seed treatments to create a comprehensive portfolio of early-season soybean solutions. Together these products will offer soybean growers superior protection against insects and disease as well as a performance boost from Relenya seed treatment.


To learn more about BASF’s complete soybean seed treatment portfolio contact your local BASF representative or visit


Always read and follow label directions.  ILEVO, Obvius, Poncho, Relenya, Revysol, and Vault are registered trademarks of BASF.



About BASF’s Agricultural Solutions division

With a rapidly growing population, the world is increasingly dependent on our ability to develop and maintain sustainable agriculture and healthy environments. Working with farmers, agricultural professionals, pest management experts and others, it is our role to help make this possible. That’s why we invest in a strong R&D pipeline and broad portfolio, including seeds and traits, chemical and biological crop protection, soil management, plant health, pest control and digital farming. With expert teams in the lab, field, office and in production, we connect innovative thinking and down-to-earth action to create real world ideas that work – for farmers, society and the planet. In 2019, our division generated sales of €7.8 billion. For more information, please visit or any of our social media channels.



About BASF

BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF has more than 18,800 employees in North America and had sales of $18. 4 billion in 2019.  For more information about BASF’s North American operations, visit


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