Poll: Only one in three growers rotates canola crop every four years
MISSISSAUGA, ON, Sept. 16, 2013 /CNW/ - Most Western Canadian growers are not
following the industry best practice of growing canola once every four years
in a rotation with other crops.
According to a poll conducted by Ipsos Reid on behalf of BASF Canada Inc.,
only one in three growers from Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba follows this
recommendation, while most push growing canola to once every three years (44
percent), two years (25 percent) or every year (1 percent).
The online poll of 401 wheat and canola growers in Western Canada was
conducted late last year.
"Canola rotations are tight because canola is one of the top revenue-producing
crops," said Harley House, BASF Brand Manager for Clearfield(®) Crops,. "We
don't endorse or condone shorter rotations but if growers are opting for
shorter ones, there are other ways to be sustainable."
Among those that do rotate their systems, the poll found the primary reasons
are they want to use different modes of action to manage weed resistance (89
percent); to control volunteer canola (82 percent); blackleg management (67
percent); and to get higher quality samples (61 percent).
"For whatever reason, if growers can't rotate their crop, they should rotate
their system," said House. "One of the key benefits of the Clearfield
Production System for canola is the ability to choose the herbicide that best
matches your weed control needs and sustainability strategies."
But what the poll found was four in 10 (41 percent) said they don't switch the
herbicide-tolerant system they use for their canola crop. And, among those
that do, there was no consensus on the frequency of doing so.
The Clearfield Production System for canola provides reliable control of
problematic weeds, plus flushing control of shallow germinating weeds. It also
provides control of both Roundup Ready(®) and Liberty Link(®) Volunteer
Full tabular results of this poll are available at www.ipsos.ca. For more
information please visit www.agsolutions.ca.
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SOURCE BASF Canada Inc.
Christina Stroud BASF Canada Inc. Tel: (289) 360-6062
Jo Ann Robinson ON Communication Tel: (519) 963-1946
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