Leading canola groups to collaborate
Results expected in Q2 2013
MISSISSAUGA, ON, June 5, 2012 /CNW/ - BASF Canada Inc. (BASF) is set to
launch a new method to measure sustainability in Canada. The company's
new proprietary tool, AgBalance™, uses a set of 69 indicators to calculate the social, economic and
environmental impact of various farming practices. The results help
growers identify the most impactful levers to improve their overall
BASF is collaborating with several organizations, who will act as
consultants on the project. These include: Canola Council of Canada,
Canadian Canola Growers Association, Manitoba Canola Growers
Association, Alberta Canola Producer Commission, Agriculture and
Agri-Food Canada, Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, Pulse
Canada, and the University of Alberta. These organizations will also
gain first-hand knowledge of AgBalance and how results compare to other life-cycle assessments. The holistic
nature of AgBalance will allow the research community to identify and address potential
data gaps in the general understanding of sustainability factors.
"AgBalance puts producers in the driver's seat when it comes to developing farm
management practices that improve agricultural sustainability," says
Jeff Bertholet, Technical Development Manager at BASF Canada. "Results
will provide a basis for discussions with producers about long-term
planning, maximizing return on investment, improving the environmental
profile of their production methods and mitigating risk."
The Canadian canola study will compare today's more intensive canola
production with the standard from 1995. It is part of a series of pilot
studies to identify the key drivers of sustainable intensification and
discuss outcomes with growers. The results of first pilot studies in
soybeans and sugarcane were announced in Brazil last month. Further
studies in the many countries, including the U.S., France and China,
are underway. The Canadian AgBalance study will analyse canola production between 1995 and 2010. Data
collection has begun and results are expected in the second quarter of
AgBalance is an expert method that utilizes agronomists, biologists, soil
scientists, and economists to collect and measure real-world data
against 69 sustainability indicators. These range from soil erosion to
renewable energy potential, fixed costs and more. The data are then
sorted into economic, environmental or social profiles to produce a
sustainability score that can be used to objectively compare various
farming practices against one another. Once data are collected and
analysed, they will be shared in a peer-review process to ensure an
independent critical review of the results.
For more information about AgBalance and the canola research program, visit www.agbalance.agro.basf.com.
About the BASF Crop Protection division
With sales of € 4.1 billion in 2011, BASF's Crop Protection division is
a leader in crop protection and a strong partner to the farming
industry providing well-established and innovative fungicides,
insecticides and herbicides. Farmers use these products and services to
improve crop yields and crop quality. Other uses include public health,
structural/urban pest control, turf and ornamental plants, vegetation
management, and forestry. BASF aims to turn knowledge rapidly into
market success. The vision of BASF's Crop Protection division is to be
the world's leading innovator, optimizing agricultural production,
improving nutrition, and thus enhancing the quality of life for a
growing world population. Further information can be found on the web
at www.agro.basf.com or follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/basfagro.
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