Ipsos poll examines growers' perceptions on weeds
MISSISSAUGA, ON, June 5, 2012 /CNW/ - According to a recent poll
conducted by Ipsos Reid on behalf of BASF Canada Inc. (BASF), three out
of four Canadian growers say herbicide-resistant weeds are impacting
their bottom line.
The telephone poll, conducted in March 2012, included a sample of 500
farmers in Western and Eastern Canada with minimum acre thresholds.
"We are not surprised by these findings," says Michael Schaad, BASF
Business Manager, Eastern Canada Crop Protection. "Resistance is
becoming a bigger issue and growers are starting to understand the
Group 2 and triazine (Group 5) resistant weeds have been a nuisance to
control for decades, and continue to rob farmers of yield. Most
recently, Group 2 resistance has been discovered in Quebec for Eastern
black nightshade (EBNS), ragweed and pigweed. Glyphosate resistance has
been most prevalent lately with the discovery of glyphosate-resistant
kochia in the Prairies, and Canada fleabane and giant ragweed in
With the 2012 growing season in full swing, growers across the country
are starting to scout for troublesome weeds. Even if you have missed
your first opportunity to manage resistant weeds by changing your
burndown practices, it is not too late to address the challenge with
best practices and innovative chemistry solutions. There are
opportunities for growers to be proactive.
According to the poll, one in two farmers say weeds in their fields are
getting tougher to control and most "strongly agree" that they use
herbicides from more than one group to manage their weeds.
"Rotate your crops and your herbicide chemistry groups, use herbicides
with multiple modes of action and use full label use rates whenever
possible," says Schaad. "BASF is committed to the long-term
sustainability of Canadian agriculture. Through research and
innovation, we are well positioned with a portfolio of products to
combat tough weeds and improve yields."
Full tabular results of this poll are available at www.ipsos.ca.
About the BASF Crop Protection division
With sales of €4.0 billion in 2010, 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.
About the Ipsos poll
These are the findings of an Ipsos Reid poll conducted between March 5
and 12, 2012, on behalf of BASF. For this survey, a sample of 500
farmers from Ipsos' producers panel was interviewed by telephone. To be
eligible for the survey, producers in Western Canada had to grow a
minimum 500+ acres of cereal, canola or pulse crops, and producers in
Eastern Canada had to grow a minimum 250+ acres of corn and soybean. A
survey with an unweighted probability sample of this size and a 100%
response rate would have an estimated margin of error of +/-4.3
percentage points, 19 times out of 20, of what the results would have
been had the specified population of producers in Canada been polled.
All sample surveys and polls may be subject to other sources of error,
including, but not limited to coverage error, and measurement error.
© 2012 BASF Canada Inc.
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