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2012 rebate and reward programs

This year, chemical companies are continuing to move away from rebate programs in favour of early purchase offers, but most are offering some type of reward to encourage farmers to use their products. Here is a list of programs available to farmers as of Jan. 20, 2012. Some of the early purchase offers will have already expired by the time you read this, but keep them in mind for next fall in case these programs are again offered for the 2013 crop year.

Arysta LifeScience

Arysta LifeScience had an early purchase offer for Everest 2.0. Farmers who purchased an Everest 2.0 SmartBoy (10 specially packaged jugs of Everest 2.0) prior to January 31 received an instant discount of $1,200 per SmartBoy.

BASF

The BASF 2011 GrowForward Rewards program has undergone some changes and been renamed BASF AgSolutions Rewards. Changes in this year’s program include up to five per cent savings opportunities with Heat and Ares herbicides; five per cent savings on Twinline fungicide, and ten per cent savings on Caramba fungicide. The list of qualifying products has also been greatly expanded.

In order to qualify for the program, a farmer must purchase a minimum 300 acres of any one or combined total of: Banvel II, Charter RTU, Equinox, Gemini, Gladiator, Heat, Lance, Pursuit, FlaxMax DLX, Basagran, Basagran Forte, DyVel, DyVel DSP, and Clearfield Production System seed. Seed purchases are worth double the acres, so a 150 acre seed purchase will qualify you for the AgSolutions savings.

The total acreage of qualifying purchases will determine the saving percentage you are eligible for on purchases of Heat, Solo, Odyssey brands, Viper, Solo, Tensile, Absolute, Altitude FX, Ares, and Basagran Forte. Rebates start at two per cent for 300 acres of qualifying purchases and increase in increments to five per cent if you have 7,500 acres or more of qualifying purchases.

Each acre of product on which you earned a rebate further qualifies you to four acres of savings on fungicides. The savings rates are five per cent on Twinline, ten per cent on Caramba, 15 per cent on Headline, and 20 per cent savings on Lance fungicides.

BASF has also refined their Seed Treatment and DyVel offer. A purchase of a minimum 300 acres of any Clearfield crop and/or BASF fungicide qualifies farmers to receive $1 per acre off all purchases of BASF fungicides, DyVel and DyVel DSp used on their farm.

For all BASF rewards, products must be purchased between October 1, 2011 and September 30, 2012.

Farmers must have submitted a signed consent form (available through retailers) by November 30, 2012 in order to receive a rebate. Further information is available by calling BASF AgSolutions at 1-877-371-2273.

Bayer CropScience

Bayer CropScience is continuing the BayerValue program for 2012. This program provides a rebate to farmers based on the mix of Bayer CropScience products purchased and the total value of the purchases. There are three saving levels. Farmers qualify for the first level by purchasing $10,000 or more of Bayer CropScience products. The second level requires a purchase of $40,000 or more, and the top level requires a purchase of $75,000 or more.

The rebate rates have increased for 2012. Under the Rewards segment, farmers who qualify for a reward will receive a rebate of three, four or five per cent on purchases of 160 acres or more of Tundra. Qualified farmers using 160 acres of Velocity m3 or Varro, or using Prosaro or Folicur EW are eligible for six, eight, or 10 per cent rebates on these products. Qualified farmers will save 12, 16, or 20 per cent on Infinity purchases. Farmers who purchase at least $10,000 worth of Bayer CropScience products or purchase 300 acres of InVigor seed also qualify for $1 per acre savings on Raxil, Trilex AL Decis, and Sevin XLR purchases.

All Bayer CropScience products purchased between October 1, 2011 and September 30, 2012 qualify for savings.

There is also an Early Booking component in the BayerValue Program. Farmers who book a minimum 300 acres of InVigor seed prior to January 31, 2011 will earn an additional three per cent off Velocity m3, Varro, and Tundra purchases, five per cent more off on Prosaro and Folicur EW, and 25 per cent off Proline purchases.

Bayer CropScience has also announced a Cereal Winter Sale that reduces the price of Velocity m3, Tundra, Varro, Buctril M, Thumper, and Puma Advance by five per cent if purchased by March 9, 2012.

New for 2012 is the Strong Start Savings program. A farmer can save an additional $1 on Raxil WW seed treatment purchases with matching acres of either Folicur EW fungicide or Prosaro fungicide.

Farmers who participated in the 2011 BayerValue programs are automatically re-enrolled for 2012. New farmers can contact the Bayer CropScience Rebate Fulfillment Interaction Center at 1-888-283-6847 before May 1 to register for rewards.

Dow AgroSciences

Dow AgroSciences is continuing to offer the Dividends program it introduced last year. Rewards are calculated as a dollar per acre type payment. The actual amount per acre is dependent on the mix of products a farmer uses. Dow AgroSciences products have been categorized into four groups. The first group of cereal grass products includes Tandem, Simplicity, and Liquid Achieve, and a farmer must use a minimum 320 of any one or combination of these three herbicides to qualify for a rebate. New for 2012 is the addition of 320 acres of Nexera as a qualifying purchase.

Once qualified, a farmer can earn a rebate by matching those qualifying acres with purchases of a Dow AgroSciences cereal broadleaf product (the second group of products) and/or a canola and special crop product (the third group). In the 2012 program, Tandem will automatically qualify for the $1 per acre reward without requiring matching acres from other categories. Another change is Liquid Achieve will no longer be eligible for a rebate, but can still be used as a builder to qualify other products for a reward.

Dow AgroSciences glyphosate products constitute the fourth group category and, if purchased, will increase any reward the farmer has qualified for.

The company is also continuing the Bulk Up component of the Dividends program. Purchases of bulk packaged Tandem, Simplicity, Liquid Achieve or PrePass before February 20 will increase the reward by up to $1.50 an acre. Rebates also increase with bulk package purchases of Attain XC, OcTTain, Frontline XL, or Stellar, Prestige XC made before April 20.

A farmer participating in both components of Dividends could save up to $5.50 an acre on Dow AgroSciences purchases. A Dividends calculator can be found at www.dowagrodividends.ca which will help farmers estimate their rebate under this new program.

Farmers who have not previously completed an offer form giving Dow AgroSciences permission to collect the information needed for calculating the rebate must do so before November 30. Further information is available from the Dow AgroSciences Solutions Center at 1-800-667-3852.

DuPont

After a successful launch in 2011, DuPont, is again offering the DuPont Crop Protection FarmCare Connect Grower Program in 2012. This program is being offered in partnership with Pioneer Hi-Bred and enables farmers to save up to 22 per cent when they purchase Pioneer brand canola seed and select DuPont crop protection products. To qualify, farmers must purchase a minimum of 14 bags (140 acres) of eligible Pioneer brand canola seed between September 1, 2011 and August 31, 2012 and purchase DuPont crop protection products between November 1, 2011 and August 31, 2012.

The combined purchases of Pioneer canola seed and DuPont crop protection products determine the farmer’s rebate level within FarmCare Connect. The more a farmer purchases, the higher the rebate level applied. For example, a total purchase of $6,000 entitles the farmer to a rebate of four per cent, and a total purchase of $50,000 would qualify for a rebate of eight per cent. The rebate percentage grows incrementally to a maximum 12 per cent for farmers purchasing $100,000 or more of Pioneer canola seed and DuPont crop protection products.

New for 2012, farmers can boost their rebates up to 22 per cent with the Matching Acre Bonus. Farmers purchasing 320 acres of qualifying DuPont herbicides, such as DuPont Assure II herbicide and Express brand herbicides can receive additional savings on select cereal herbicides including DuPont Barricade, DuPont PrecisionPac and DuPont Harmony brands.

To sign up for FarmCare Connect, see your local Pioneer or DuPont sales representative or participating independent or Co-op retailer. For more information call 1-800-667-3925 or visit www.farmcare.ca.

MANA

MANA has a corporate philosophy of “Fair Price-Brand Results” and as such it doesn’t offer rebate or reward programs.

Monsanto

Monsanto has a number of new programs for farmers planting DeKalb brand seed in 2012. First there was an early order cash discount of seven per cent off for purchases prior to November 23, 2011 and four per cent off for purchases prior to January 25, 2012.

Farmers who purchase Dekalb Seed at full suggested retail price between September 1, 2011 and June 15, 2012 with the AgriCard credit card will have all interest charges waived from the time of purchase until October 31, 2012.

Farmers who have to reseed any canola crop due to adverse environmental conditions between April 1, 2012 and the local crop insurance deadline for reseeding will receive a re-seed discount of $100 per 22.7 kilogram bag if they re-seed to a Dekalb brand canola.

Farmers who purchase 73-45RR canola are eligible for a $0.40 per acre discount on Roundup WeatherMAX for matching acres of 73-45RR.

Farmers purchasing canola or corn seed and a minimum of 1,200 pounds of ESN Smart Fertilizer for each bag of seed purchased from retailers selling both seed and ESN fertilizer may also be eligible for an additional early purchase discounts on the seed. The discount under this program for canola purchased before December 31, 2011 is $7 per bag or if purchased before March 31, 2012 is $4 per bag. Corn discounts are $5 per bag if purchased before December 31 and $2 per bag if bought before March 31. Full details of these Monsanto programs are available at your local Dekalb brand retailer.

Nufarm

Nufarm was the first company to move to a “no program” philosophy and doesn’t offer rebates or bundle products. It does offer sales on individual products from time to time, through retailers.

Syngenta

Syngenta is continuing the Syngenta Partner Program for 2012. As in past years, purchasing qualifying Syngenta products made you eligible for savings on most Syngenta products. However, in 2012, the minimum purchase of qualifying products has been reduced. Now farmers can qualify for savings with a combined minimum of just 160 acres of any of the following products: Axial, Traxos, Horizon NG, Broadband, Sierra, and/or Axial iPak or by purchasing a combined minimum of 960 acres of Pulsar and/or Target or by purchasing 160 acres of WR859 CL wheat.

Rebates are calculated by totalling the purchases of the above products plus purchases of most other Syngenta seed care products, herbicides, fungicides, insecticides and non-selective herbicides. A total purchase value of $10,000 earns a farmer a three per cent rebate and this increases incrementally up to a nine per cent savings for purchases of $150,000 plus. Helix Xtra, Traxion, and most Syngenta seed are not eligible for savings but purchases of these can be used as builder products to increase the rebate.

Syngenta is also offering the Pre-Seed Bonus program again. Farmers applying Touchdown Total or Traxion can save $1 per acre on matching acres of ApronMaxx, Dividend XL, or CruiserMaxx seed care products by qualifying for the Partner Program and purchasing a minimum of $10,000 in Partner Program qualifying products.

Farmers who participated in the 2011 partner program are registered for 2012. Farmers who did not receive a rebate in 2011 should call the Syngenta Customer Resource Center at 1-877-964-3682 to register.

UAP

UAP and their retailers keep it simple with competitive net pricing to the farmer. No hassles and no rebate forms to forget to send in. †

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