Second annual Ipsos herbicide resistance poll examines growers'
perceptions on tough weeds
MISSISSAUGA, ON, March 5, 2013 /CNW/ - According to a second herbicide resistance poll conducted by Ipsos Reid
on behalf of BASF Canada Inc. (BASF), more Canadian farmers (63 per
cent, up seven points from last poll) believe weeds in their fields are
getting tougher to control and more (43 per cent up six points) suspect
they have weeds resistant to herbicides.
The most recent telephone poll includes a sample of 500 farmers in
Western and Eastern Canada with minimum acre thresholds. The first poll
was conducted in March 2012.
"The needle is moving," says Joel Johnson, BASF Brand Manager for
Western Herbicides. "Resistance is an issue and it is not going away.
More and more growers are becoming aware and their perceptions are
More interestingly, fewer growers indicate using multiple modes of
action to combat the problem. Fewer Canadian growers (67 per cent, down
10 points) "strongly agree" that they use herbicides from more than one
group to manage their weeds. But more (47 per cent, up seven points)
agree glyphosate alone is no longer effective at controlling weeds.
Glyphosate resistance has been most prevalent with the discovery of
glyphosate-resistant kochia in the Prairies, and Canada fleabane and
giant and common ragweed in Ontario. However, resistant weeds have been
a nuisance to control throughout Canada for decades, and continue to
rob farmers of yield.
"Rotate your crops and your herbicide chemistry groups, use herbicides
with multiple modes of action and use full label use rates whenever
possible," says Johnson. "It is not too late to address resistance with
sustainable Canadian farm best practices and innovative BASF chemistry
Between 2010 and 2015, the BASF innovation pipeline will introduce eight
new active ingredients and 25 new products to aid in the fight against
tough weeds. Currently, BASF has more than 10 modes of action in its
Eastern Canada portfolio and seven different modes of action with 14
active ingredients in Western Canada.
Full tabular results of both polls are available at www.ipsos.ca. For more information on BASF crop protection products in Canada, visit
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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
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the world's leading innovator, optimizing agricultural production,
improving nutrition, and thus enhancing the quality of life for a
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About the Ipsos poll
These are the findings of an Ipsos Reid poll conducted between December
10 and 19, 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 of 640 acres of cereal, canola or pulse crops, and producers in
Eastern Canada had to grow a minimum of 250 acres of corn and soybeans.
A survey with an unweighted probability sample of this size and a
100-per cent 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
© 2013 BASF Canada Inc.
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