Published on Mon, 03/31/2014 by BASF Canada

Canadian cereal growers prepare for spring and look to build on success of 2013 season

2013 was a big success for Canadian cereal crops in Western Canada. Statistics Canada reported Canadian wheat production increased by 38.0 per cent, barley by 27.8 per cent, and oats by 38.3 per cent over 2012. Both barley and oat acres produced record yields in 2013: barley at 71.7 bushels per acre and oats at 92.1 bushels per acre.

“We know how important it is that growers get the best returns at the end of the year, so we keep it our top priority to continue to deliver innovative solutions to help them do it.”

What helped growers succeed in 2013? Aside from the blessing of excellent growing conditions from Mother Nature, the number of innovative crop solutions introduced this past year may have also played a key role in increasing both production numbers and yields.  

Insure Cereal, registered by BASF in January 2013, is a new, innovative cereal seed treatment product that is helping growers achieve increased yields. It contains three modes of action that provide faster and more consistent germination, effective activity on diseases that impact cereals like fusarium, and increased seedling vigour, including in cool conditions, for maximum yield potential.

According to Russell Trischuk, a Technical Marketing Specialist for Functional Crop Care at BASF Canada, Insure Cereal contains unique plant health benefits, or AgCelence benefits, that help crops fight diseases, survive adverse growing conditions, and produce a healthier, more even and established crop stand.

“Because Insure Cereal contains pyraclostrobin, growers can expect to see the same AgCelence benefits as they would with some of our foliar products,” says Trischuk. “In a seed treatment, those benefits are slightly different. Instead of greener leaves and stronger stems we see things such as more consistent germination and emergence including under cool conditions, increased seedling vigour, and enhanced ability to manage stress that often occurs in the spring.”

Jeff Keller, a producer from Gronlid, Sask., farms about 9,000 acres and was asked to do an Insure Cereal trial against another treatment. “We put a jug of Insure Cereal in a trial of wheat and found it worked really nice. Right off the bat it emerged quicker, the plants looked stronger, and throughout the year, you could just see the line in the field. In the end, it turned out to be about a four-bushel increase at harvest time.”

In 2013, Canadian growers produced record cereal yields. With the new innovations BASF is producing and investing in, the 2013 numbers help show the benefits to growers. “Growers are making investments to maximize their yields and ROI,” says Harley House, Seed Solutions Brand Manager at BASF Canada. “We know how important it is that growers get the best returns at the end of the year, so we keep it our top priority to continue to deliver innovative solutions to help them do it.”

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