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The annual rebate roundup: 2018

Get the most for your hard-earned input dollars by understanding these cash-back plans

Once again, it’s time for the Grainews annual rebate roundup. We’ve talked to experts at 11 different companies to ask what they’re offering in the way of cash-back savings for the 2018 growing season. Three of these companies have no special rebate programs, some have simple programs, and some companies have rebate programs with so many layers you’ll need to use their on-line calculator to estimate your rebate cheque. Some require you to spend a certain amount to be eligible; others make their offers available to big or small customers.

Input companies generally put their rebate fine print up on their website for everyone to see. We like to provide you with all of the information in one place to make comparison shopping easier for you. Maybe a $1/ac. cash-back offer from one company will be the difference when you’ve narrowed your choice down to two options and just can’t make that final decision.

Adama

Adama Canada’s pricing structure doesn’t include a rebate program. Adama told us that, rather than having you wait for a cash-back reward, its promise is to work with farmers to create the best return on investment, with buyers knowing their costs upfront.

Arysta LifeScience*

Arysta LifeScience is offering its cash-back Grower Rewards Program again this season.

Buy EVEREST 2.0 or EVEREST 3.0 herbicide and receive a $2/ac rebate, INFERNO DUO burndown herbicide, RANCONA PINNACLE and RANCONA TRIO seed treatment and EVITO fungicide receive a $1/ac rebate until February 15th.

From Feb 16 to August 31 the savings reduce to $1/ac on EVEREST 3.0 and EVEREST 2.0 herbicide, and $0.50/acre on INFERNO DUO, RANCONA PINNACLE, RANCONA TRIO and EVITO.

Bonus Rewards are also available on matching acres when you purchase two or more brands.

For full details, visit arystalifesciencerewards.ca.

BASF

BASF’s AgSolutions program is very similar to past years and includes all of BASF’s products. western Canadian customers who max out this program can get rebates up to six per cent on products purchased between October 1, 2017 and September 30, 2018.

To qualify, purchase two qualifying products at a minimum of 320 acres each, and spend at least $10,000.

You can get an extra $1 per acre by buying matching acres of Heat herbicide and one of BASF’s eight fungicides: Dyax, Cotegra, Priaxor, Lance, Lance AG, Twinline, Nexicor or Caramba. You’ll need at least 320 matching acres.

And here’s something a little different. If you’re using BASF products, you might be eligible for BASF’s AgSolutions Yield Confidence and Commodity Confidence programs. The first provides payments for reduced pea and lentil yields. You could be eligible for a per-acre rebate if the average crop yield is five per cent or more below the five-year historical average. AgSolutions Commodity Confidence is for canola wheat and soybean growers. If the commodity price falls five per cent or more between pre-established seeding and harvest time, you could be eligible for a per-acre rebate. Register at least 640 acres per crop by March 31 to qualify. Maximum payouts are $6 per acre.

Bayer CropScience

Most of Bayer CropScience’s BayerValue programming is similar to last year, but there are some changes to their herbicide and fungicide programming.

The BayerValue program is based on your purchases between October 1, 2017 and September 30, 2018. With the InVigor Purchase Bonus, buy 30 bags or more of InVigor canola seed and qualify for BayerValue, including savings in the cereals and pulses, and an additional 10 per cent on Pardner and Proline.

The BayerValue program continues to provide you with full access to the complete lineup of innovative crop protection solutions based on total products purchased between October 1, 2017 and September 30, 2018. Through the InVigor Purchase Bonus, you will automatically qualify for savings on Bayer Value products when purchasing 30 bags or more of InVigor, including savings in the cereals and pulses segments, plus an additional 10 per cent on Pardner and Proline.

The program has three segments.

Seedgrowth: Save up to 25 per cent on Raxil PRO, Raxil PRO Shield and Stress Shield. Save up to 15 per cent on EverGol Energy, Trilex EverGol and Trilex EverGol Shield. You must combine Stress Shield with Raxil PRO or Trilex EverGol to receive a rebate; no rebate will apply to Stress Shield on matching acres of EverGol Energy.

Herbicides: Save up to 15 per cent on select herbicide products including Luxxur, Infinity FX, Infinity, Tundra, Velocity m3 and Varro and up to 10 per cent on Pardner. The Incredible Bayer Offer saves you up to $2 per acre on Luxxur, Infinity FX, Infinity, Tundra, Velocity m3 and Varro.

Fungicide: Save up to 17 per cent on cereal and pulse fungicides such as Delaro, Folicur EW and Prosaro XTR and Prosaro. New this year is the Fungicide Multiplier. To qualify for fungicide savings, you must purchase at least 300 acres of product from each of two different fungicide categories.

Big spenders: Spend $250,000 or more and save an additional one per cent on products eligible for rebates in the BayerValue program.

Book before March 16, 2018 and save up to $2/ac. by booking a minimum of 1,000 acres with the Incredible Bayer Offer.

If you were registered in 2017, you will automatically be re-enrolled. If you were not registered last year, sign up online at cropscience.bayer.ca/bayervalue, call 1-888-283-6847 or talk to your local retailer or Bayer rep.

Overwhelmed by details? Don’t worry. There’s an online calculator where you can enter your purchase quantities and prices and they’ll estimate your rebate.

CANTERRA SEEDS

CANTERRA SEEDS’ Germinating Success program offers rebates on every acre of seed varieties, including their pedigreed seed lineup. For example, buy 160 acres of CANTERRA SEEDS canola or PRIDE Seedscorn and receive $1.50/ac. Buy 320 acres of CANTERRA SEEDS canola or PRIDE Seeds corn and receive $3/ac. Buy 230 acres and they are also offering $1/ac on PRIDE Seeds soybeans and $0.25/ac on CANTERRA SEEDS pedigreed seeds.

Get all the information at http://canterra.com/germinatingsuccess.

Crop Production Services

The PV Profits program from CPS gives customers savings on seed and inputs. The program links Proven Seed lines with rebates on various fungicides and herbicides.

The program currently applies to canola, cereal, soybean and corn seed.

This program runs from September to January so you’ve already earned most of your rewards for the 2018 growing season. Start earning for next season in September, 2018.

For more information on PV Profits visit provenseed.ca.

DEKALB

DEKALB has updated its rebate program for 2018. Rebates for canola, corn and soybean growers are based on products purchased between September 1, 2017 and August 31, 2018.

Canola: If you booked at least 32 bags of DEKALB canola before November 15, 2017, you’ll get $3.75/ac. Later bookings get $3/ac. You will also receive an additional $1/ac. rebate on DEKALB corn and soybeans.

Soybeans: Western Canadian soybean growers will earn a DEKALB Bonus Rebate. With a minimum purchase of 300 units of soybeans you’ll receive $3/ac. for seed booked before December 15, 2017. Later bookings are eligible for $2/ac. (You will still get this rebate if you buy 32 bags of canola seed and qualify for other offers.)

Corn: DEKALB VT Double Pro Rib Complete corn growers are also eligible for the Bonus Rebate. Buy at least 50 units of DEKALB corn and receive $7.50/ac. if you booked before December 15, 2017. Book later and receive $6/ac. (You will still get this rebate if you buy 32 bags of canola seed and qualify for other offers.)

You don’t have to do the math at home. There’s a calculator at dekalb.ca or call 1-84-GO-DEKALB.

Dow AgroSciences

Through Dow AgroSciences’ Diamond Rewards, you can save up to $5.55/acre on your cereal acre when you buy $5,000 of eligible products before November 30, 2018.

Tank mix reward: Earn $2/ac. on in-crop grass and broadleaf cereal herbicide tank mixes, including Rexade and Tandem, plus earn $0.60/ac. on DuPont Acapela fungicide with matching cereal tank mix acres ($30/jug).

Early book reward: Book by March 15, 2018, to earn an additional $1/ac. on in-crop grass and broadleaf cereal herbicide tank mixes, including Rexade and Tandem, or $0.50/ac. on unmatched broadleaf acres. You can also save $0.30/ac. on DuPont Acapela fungicide with matching cereal tank mix acres ($15/jug). And, save $0.50/ac. on pre-seed: Korrex II, Paradigm, PrePass Flex and PrePass XC with an additional $0.15/acre on VP480 when used with matching acres of pre-seed portfolio.

Seed customer cereal bonus: Grow at least one hybrid of Nexera, Pioneer brand canola, corn or soybean, Dow Seeds or Pioneer brand D-Series and save $1/ac. on matching acres of in-crop grass and broadleaf cereal herbicide tank mixes, including Rexade and Tandem.

Save up to $5.55/ac. on your cereal acre when you purchase $5,000 of eligible Dow AgroSciences products before November 30, 2018.

Seed customer canola reward: save up to $3.50/acre on your matching seed acres through savings on DuPont Acapela, Eclipse XC, and Salute.

For more information, visit dowagro.ca or call the Solutions Center at 1.800.667.3852.

FMC

FMC’s new Grower CashBack program provides substantial rebate savings, as high as 20 per cent. The program has rebate tiers — for example, spend $15,000 to $30,000 on broadleaf herbicides and receive a four per cent rebate. Spend more than $75,000 on broad leaf herbicides and receive a 12 per cent rebate (with more tiers in between). FMC has split its program into three categories: broadleaf herbicides, cross-spectrum herbicides, and non-crop products for extended wheat control and burndown. Non-crop products are eligible for a 10 per cent cash back bonus.

To reach a 20 per cent savings level, spend more than 75,000 on cross-spectrum herbicides, then match 300 or more acres of non-crop herbicides.

Get all of the information at FMCcrop.ca.

Gowan

Gowan Canada does not offer any growers programs. Instead, they say they keep things simple so crop input retails can help you make the proper decisions for their farm with Avadex, Edge, Eptam, Fortress, Gavel, Permit, Treflan, and Yuma across Western Canada.

Monsanto

Monsanto has updated its Real Farm Rewards program for 2018. To qualify, purchase a minimum of 32 bags of qualifying brands of Genuity Roundup Ready Canola between September 1, 2017 and August 31, 2018. After that, earn rewards by buying any combination of these Monsanto and partner products:

Seed Products: Earn a $2 to $2.75/ac. rebate on these canola seed brands: BrettYoung, CANTERRA SEEDS, DEKALB, NEXERA, Pioneer, Proven Seed, Red River, SeCan, VICTORY. Earn $2/ac. on these corn and/or soybean seed brands: Croplan, DEKALB, ELITE, Legend Seeds Canada, Maizex Seeds, NorthStar Genetics, PICKSEED, Pride Seeds, Prograin, PROSeeds, Proven Seed, SeCan, Thunder Seed.

BioAg Products: Earn a rebate of $0.20 to $0.60/ac. on a long liste of products including many TagTeam, Cell-Tech and JumpStart formulations. See Montanto’s website for the full list.

Herbicide products: Earn a $0.10 to $0.75/ac. rebate on Roundup Transorb HC, Roundup WeatherMAX, Roundup Xtend with VaporGrip Technology, andXtendiMax with VaporGrip Technology.

Nufarm Partner Products: earn a $1 to $2/ac. rebate opportunity on herbicide tank-mix partner products Conquer, Blackhawk, GoldWing, and Valtera.

If you were registered for the Real Farm Rewards program in 2017 you will be automatically registered this year.

Register, find more details and try out the calculator at realfarmrewards.ca.

Syngenta

Syngenta’s Partner Program is still in effect for 2018. To qualify, purchase a minimum of $22,000 of eligible Syngenta products.

Several new soybean and cereal seed varieties have been added to the program for 2018. Syngenta brand canola seed is no longer in the program (In June, 2017, Syngenta announced it would be leaving the canola business).

With the Portfolio Bonus component, increase your rebate by matching acres in three different categories. A two-way match will earn you $2/ac. and a three-way match will earn you $4.50/ac.

With additional matching acres of Syngenta soybean seed varieties, save up to an additional $2 or $4/acre in the Soybean Seed Bonus component.

Once you have met the $22,000 criteria, earn between three and six per cent on the Purchase Level Reward component on additional qualifying purchases. Qualifying cereal seed and canola Seedcare products are not eligible for reward, but these purchases still boost your Purchase Level Reward payment.

With the Preferred Status component, earn an additional 0.5 per cent and start earning at $16,000 for qualifying purchases.

Don’t worry. There’s an online rebate calculator at syngenta.ca/PartnerProgram, or call 1-87-SYNGENTA (1-877-964-3682) for more details.

United Agri Products

UAP told us it keeps things simple with up-front net pricing — no hassles, no forms or having to wait to receive your own money back as a rebate.

UPI Canada

UPI Canada’s Farm Advantage Rewards Program runs from October 1, 2017, to September 20, 2018.

For this one, you’ll have to send in your receipts before October 31, 2018, to get cash back for purchases of Manzate Pro-Stick, Penncozeb Raincoat and Elixir fungicides, Perm-UP and UP-Cyde insecticides and Tricor herbicide. Rates are based on bags or cases purchased, ranging from $1.40 to $3 per bag and from $10 to $25/case. They’ll only cut you a cheque if your total rebate is $150 or more.

*Note: We regret errors that appeared in this section of the original post. Changes were made on January 16, 2018.

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