Many major chemical companies have simplified their rebate and reward programs for western Canadian farmers this year. Most companies have built their programming around farmer loyalty to one brand, and designed programs with bigger discounts for bigger farms.
Arysta LifeScience offered an Early Purchase Offer on Everest 2.0. If you bought an Everest 2.0 Smartboy (10 specially packaged jugs of Everest 2.0) prior to Jan. 31, 2014 you received an instant discount of $1,200 per Smartboy.
Arysta is also offering an opportunity to save on its new grass and broadleaf burn-down herbicide Inferno Duo. If you purchase between Feb. 15 and March 31, 2014 you’ll get an instant discount of $0.50 per acre ($40 per canister).
These are the only two purchase programs Arysta offers. Instead, Arysta LifeScience says, its marketing strategy is to simplify the game by offering best-in-class products with competitive pricing.
BASF has simplified its western Canadian AgSolutions Rewards program for 2014. To qualify you must purchase at least two qualifying BASF products. The list of pesticides which can be used to qualify can be found on the BASF website at www.agsolutions.ca. The website also has a calculator so you can predetermine your reward savings.
Once you are qualified, you earn a rebate on purchases of most BASF products. The percentage rebated is based on the total number of acres to which qualified products are applied. If you apply at least 400 acres of qualifying products you’ll earn a three per cent rebate on herbicides, six per cent on Headline and Caramba fungicide, 12 per cent on Lance fungicide and 12 per cent on BASF seed treatments.
For growers with more acres, these rates increase incrementally to a maximum of five per cent rebate on herbicides, 10 per cent on Headline and Caramba, 16 per cent on Lance and 16 per cent on BASF seed treatments. As an additional bonus, qualifying acres are doubled when calculating the rebate on fungicide purchases.
Only products purchased between Oct. 1, 2013 and Sept. 30, 2014 are eligible for rebates, and you must register by Nov. 30, 2014. Register through your retailer, through your BASF representative or by calling BASF AgSolutions Customer Care at 1-877-371-2273.
Bayer CropScience is expanding its BayerValue program for the 2014 growing season. This program provides savings based on your total purchases of Bayer CropScience products between Oct. 1, 2013 and Sept. 30, 2014.
There are a number of components to the BayerValue program. First, there is an incremental rebate on qualifying Bayer CropScience products. Purchase $20,000 to $59,999 of Bayer Products to earn a three per cent rebate on Infinity, Velocity M3, Tundra or Varro herbicides, and a five per cent rebate on Proline, Prosaro, Propulse and Folicur EW fungicide purchases. You can qualify for a $1 per acre rebate when using Decis insecticide and a $1 per acre rebate on purchases of Raxil Pro, Raxil MD, Trilex Evergol and Evergol Energy.
Purchase $60,000 to $119,999 of Bayer products to increase your rebate on herbicides to four per cent and on fungicides to six per cent. The top increment is for purchases of $120,000 or more — the herbicide rebate jumps to five per cent and fungicide rebate to seven per cent.
The second component is an early booking offer for InVigor hybrid canola. If you booked a minimum 300 acres of InVigor by Jan. 31, you received an additional five per cent rebate on Infinity, Velocity M3, Tundra and Varro herbicides, as well as Prosaro, Folicur EW and Propulse fungicides. The rebate increased to eight per cent on Proline fungicide.
The third component is the Cereal Winter Sale. Book a minimum of $12,000 (based on standard retail prices) of specific Bayer CropScience cereal herbicides by March 10, 2014 for a five per cent rebate on those herbicides.
The fourth component is the Cereal Saver. Purchase a minimum of 480 acres of products from at least two of the three cereal categories: cereal/pulse seed treatments, cereal herbicides, and cereal/pulse fungicides. The Cereal Saver qualifies you to receive an additional three per cent off cereal herbicides and cereal/pulse fungicides. You will also receive an additional $1 per acre back on qualifying cereal/pulse seed treatments.
The final component is the Puma Advance Full Rate rebate. Instantly save $1 per acre on Puma Advance purchases.
If you participated in the 2013 Bayer Value Program you will automatically be re-enrolled for 2014. If you were not registered last year, contact the Bayer CropScience Rebate Fulfilment Interaction Centre at 1-888-283-6847 before May 1, 2014 to register.
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Dow AgroSciences is continuing to offer the Dividends program it introduced in 2011. Rewards are calculated as a dollar per acre payment. The amount of the payment depends on the mix of Dow AgroSciences products used.
Dow AgroSciences categorizes its products into four groups. The first group of cereal grass and one-pass products includes Tandem, Simplicity and Liquid Achieve. You must use a minimum of 320 acres of any one or combination of these three herbicides to qualify for a rebate. As was the case last year, 320 acres of Nexera will also qualify you for the Dividends program.
Once qualified, you earn rebates by matching 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 2014 program, Tandem automatically qualifies for the $1 per acre reward without requiring matching acres from other categories. Liquid Achieve is not eligible for a rebate, but can still be used as a builder to qualify other products for a reward.
Dow AgroSciences glyphosate products are the fourth group category and if purchased, increase any reward you’ve qualified for.
Dow AgroSciences is also continuing the Bulk Up component of the Dividends program. Purchases of bulk packaged PrePass before Feb. 20, 2014 will increase the reward by up to $0.50 an acre. Rebates also increase if you purchase bulk-packaged OcTTain XL, Attain XC, Frontline XL, or Stellar, Tandem, Simplicity, Liquid Achieve and/or Prestige XC before March 20.
If you participate in both components of Dividends, you can save up to $5 an acre on Dow AgroSciences purchases. There is a Dividends calculator at www.dowagrodividends.ca to help you figure it all out.
If you have not previously completed an offer form giving Dow AgroSciences permission to collect the information they need to calculate this rebate, you must do so before Nov. 30, 2014. Dow AgroSciences product purchases between Dec. 1, 2013 and Nov. 30, 2014 qualify for the Dividends program.
For further information, call the Dow AgroSciences Solutions Centre at 1-800-667-3852.
DuPont FarmCare Connect Grower Program is a joint offering from DuPont Pioneer and DuPont Crop Protection in 2014.
Unlike the FarmCare program offered last year, you no longer need to enrol. You’re automatically enrolled when they purchase a qualifying product: 140 acres of D-Series or Pioneer brand canola hybrids, or 140 acres of Pioneer brand corn, soybean, or sunflower, or a minimum of eight jugs of DuPont Vertisan or four jugs of DuPont Acapela fungicide.
The combined total purchase of these products plus a long list of other DuPont pesticides and Pioneer branded seed determine the rebate you’ll earn on a number of DuPont burn-down herbicides, in-crop herbicides, insecticides and fungicides. A complete list of these builder and rebate eligible products can be found on the DuPont FarmCare Connect website. Search for “farmcare” at www.dupont.ca
Rebates range from four per cent if you purchase a minimum of $10,000 worth of qualifying and builder products all the way up to 12 per cent for total purchases over $150,000
You can save even more with the Matching Acre Bonus component of the 2014 FarmCare program. A purchase of at least 320 acres of Acapela, Assure II, Express Pro, Express SG, Precision Pac NC-0050, Precision Pac NC-00439, Precision Pac DB-858, Triton K, or Vertisan earns a $1 per acre rebate on matching acres of DuPont cereal broadleaf brands.
For more information call 1-800-667-3925 or visit www.farmcare.ca.
MANA Canada says it strives to create simplicity in agriculture, both in its products and business approach, and therefore provides quality products without forcing growers to sign up for mandatory bundling or complicated rebate programs. Rather than provide a cash back program, MANA Canada says its promise is to work with their customers to create the best return on investment.
Monsanto is again offering a 100 per cent replant guarantee on DEKALB canola and corn seed planted after April 15 and DEKALB soybean seeded after May 1. If you have to reseed, Monsanto will provide replacement seed. You must reseed to the same crop using DEKALB brand seed. Application for reseeding must be made to seed retailers before June 20, 2014.
Monsanto is offering interest free financing until fall 2014 on all DEKALB seed through Agricard and John Deere Financial.
Western Canadian growers who tank mix Roundup Transorb HC or Roundup Ultra 2 with Heat or Distinct will receive $0.50 per acre for all acres where this tank mix is applied.
Details of both these herbicide offers are available at www.JustTryMe.ca.
Nufarm has two “business made easy” offers for Western Canada in 2014. The first is a performance guarantee on its new burn-off product Blackhawk. If you are not satisfied with the burn-off after using Blackhawk, Nufarm representatives will inspect the field. If they deem Blackhawk did not perform as stated on the label, Nufarm will provide an in-crop broadleaf product that will get the weeds Blackhawk missed on up to 640 acres where Blackhawk had been applied.
Nufarm is also introducing Enforcer, a new in-crop broadleaf product for the control of kochia, cleavers and wild buckwheat in cereals. As an introductory special, Nufarm is offering a 50 per cent savings on the first 80 acres of this product purchase (based on the suggested retail price of Enforcer). The savings will rebated via gift card.
Both these offers require registration. Do it online at www.nufarm.ca or call 1-800-868-5444.
Syngenta has made it easier to take advantage of the Syngenta Partner Program for 2014. To qualify, purchase a minimum $15,000 of eligible Syngenta products. New products added to the Partner Program for 2014 include Vibrance Maxx for pulses, new canola varieties SY4114 and SY4135 and the new wheat variety SY433.
Rebate percentages are calculated by totalling the purchases of most Syngenta crop establishment, crop management, crop enhancement and harvest management products. The Partner Program Calculator and the Rules and Regulations can be found on the Syngenta website, www.SyngentaFarm.ca.
A total purchase value of $15,000 in Syngenta products earns you a three per cent rebate, and this increases incrementally. Earn up to a nine per cent savings for purchases of $250,000 or more. Syngenta seed (canola, cereals, sunflowers, corn and soybeans) is not eligible for savings but seed purchases are used as builder products to increase the rebate percentage rate.
Syngenta has improved its Crop Enhancement Bonus this year. If you qualify for the Partner Program, you can earn an additional $3 per acre rebate on Astound, Quilt and Fuse fungicides when matched with acres treated with Traxos, Sierra 2.0, Broadband or Axial products. You can further match those fungicide acres with acres treated with Seedcare products such as Cruiser Maxx Vibrance Cereals, Vibrance Maxx, Cruiser Maxx Vibrance Beans, Apron Advance and Vibrance XL.
New this year is the Cruiser Maxx Vibrance Beans Bonus. If you qualify for the Partner Program, you can earn an additional five per cent on all purchases of Cruiser Maxx Vibrance Beans.
If you participated in the 2013 Partner Program, you are automatically registered for 2014. If not, call the Syngenta Customer Resource Centre at 1-87-SYNGENTA (1-877-964-3682) to register.
UAP explains that it keeps things simple with competitive net pricing — no hassles and no rebate forms. †
Gerald Pilger farms at Ohaton, Alta.