I’m sure you’ve seen most of this information in your mailbox at least once, but here’s a chance to see a rundown of all the input rebate programs in one place, to make it a little simpler to compare offers while you’re putting the final touches on your spring seeding plans.
For the most part, this year’s corporate pricing programs are very similar to the programs that were on offer for 2014. Farmers who commit large numbers of acres to one company’s products could see large cheques. But even if you’re just buying small amounts of a company’s product, it’s still nice to get a small rebate cheque in the mail.
Adama, formerly 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 farmers having to wait for a cash back reward program, Adama says its promise is to work with their customers to create the best return on investment from the start.
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, 2015 you received an instant discount of $1,600 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 December 1, 2014 and May 15, 2015 you’ll get an instant discount of $0.50 per acre ($40 per canister).
And, Arysta LifeScience is now offering Air Miles reward miles with purchases.
BASF’s AgSolutions Rewards program for 2015 is very similar to last year. To qualify, you need to purchase enough of at least two qualifying BASF products to treat 160 acres, and in total, enough product to treat 400 acres.
Once you qualify, your rebate will range from two to eight per cent of qualifying products — the rebate increases for farmers who purchase more qualifying products or more product acres. To reach the maximum rebate, you would need to buy enough of five or more different qualifying products to treat 8,000 or more acres.
Clearfield canola, wheat, lentils or sunflowers will only qualify for the rebate program if you sign a Clearfield Commitment form and purchase matching acres of a BASF herbicide registered for that crop. Forms must be submitted by July 9, 2015.
Only products purchased between Oct. 1, 2014 and Sept. 30, 2015 are eligible for rebates. You can use BASF’s online calculator at www.agsolutions.com to calculate your potential rebate before you buy.
Bayer’s Value Program is based on your total purchases of Bayer CropScience products between Oct. 1, 2014 and Sept. 30, 2015.
All growers who purchase a minimum of 300 acres of InVigor canola seed are eligible for savings in the segments of the 2015 BayerValue Program.
Segment 1 contains cereal and pulse seed treatments. You can save up to 25 per cent on Raxil and 15 per cent on Trilex EverGol. You need to purchase a minimum of 300 acres in this segment to qualify for savings.
Segment 2 includes cereal herbicides. You must buy a minimum of 300 acres in this segment to qualify. Save up to 17 per cent on Velocity m3, Tundra, Varro and Infinity. And, save up to 17 per cent on Puma Advance and Varro, Thumper, Buctril M, and Infinity through the five per cent savings with the Tank Mix Bonus. To receive this rebate, you must add matching acres of a graminicide (Varro or Puma Advance) and a broadleaf herbicide (Thumper, Buctril M and Infinity). The InVigor Purchase Bonus and the Tank Mix Bonus cannot be combined.
Segment 3 includes savings of up to 14 per cent on Prosaro, Folicur EW, Propulse and Delaro. You must add a minimum of 160 acres of Delaro or 300 total acres in the cereal and pulse fungicide segment to qualify for these savings.
The Canola Products Section allows growers to save up to 15 per cent on Proline and eight per cent on Pardner.
There is also a Quarter Million Dollar Bonus. Purchase $250,000 or more to save an additional one per cent on all products that are eligible for a rebate in the BayerValue Program.
If you participated in the 2014 Bayer Value Program you will automatically be re-enrolled for 2015. If you were not registered last year, contact the Bayer CropScience Rebate Fulfilment Centre at 1-888-283-6847 before May 1, 2015 to register. Find complete terms and conditions on the Bayer CropScience website or ask your local retailer.
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 you use.
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 300 acres of any one or combination of these three herbicides or 300 acres of Nexera to qualify for the Dividends program.
Once you qualify, 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 2015 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. If you purchased bulk-packaged PrePass before Feb. 20, 2015, those purchases will increase your 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 per 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, 2015. Dow AgroSciences product purchases between Dec. 1, 2014 and Nov. 30, 2015 qualify for the Dividends program.
For further information, call the Dow AgroSciences Solutions Centre at 1-800-667-3852.
The 2015 DuPont FarmCare Connect Grower Program is a joint offering from DuPont Crop Protection and DuPont Pioneer. The base program qualifies you to earn rebates, and the Canola Seed Bonus and Broadleaf Bonus is new for 2015.
You are automatically enrolled in the base program when you purchase $10,000 worth of eligible DuPont Crop Protection products like new Travallas, Predicade, Express brand herbicides or D-series or Pioneer brand seed between September 1, 2014, and August 31, 2015.
The combined total purchase of these products plus a long list of other DuPont Crop Protection products and Pioneer brand seed determines 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.
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 10 per cent for total purchases over $150,000.
The Canola Seed Bonus can save you up to an additional three per cent on DuPont Crop Protection products when you purchase at least 300 acres of Pioneer Protector Sclerotinia, Pioneer Protector Clubroot , or Pioneer brand canola hybrids and D-Series hybrids with DuPont Lumiderm insecticide seed treatment.
With the new Broadleaf Bonus, you qualify for an additional $1 per acre rebate on DuPont Crop Protection products when you purchase at least 300 acres from two of the four product segments. Segments include broadleaf herbicides, non-crop herbicides, fungicides /Assure II, and insecticide. The more segments you purchase from, the more you get back, up to $2 per acre.
For more information call the DuPont FarmCare Support Centre at 1-800-667-3925.
Gowan explains that it works closely with crop input retails to make sure growers receive the fairest prices for its products.
Monsanto is again offering a 100 per cent replant guarantee on DEKALB canola seed planted after April 15, DEKALB corn seed planted after April 29 and DEKALB soybean seed planted after May 1. If environmental conditions require you to replant your DEKALB brand seed, Monsanto will cover the cost of the replacement seed, up to the value of the original planted acres. DEKALB representatives will also help you match an earlier-maturing DEKALB canola or corn hybrid or soybean variety to your field and growing season. You can choose what DEKALB crop you would like to replant, regardless of the original planted crop. An application for a replant claim must be made to DEKALB retailers before June 26, 2015.
Monsanto is offering financing until fall 2015 on all DEKALB seed through AgriCard and John Deere Financial.
New for 2015, Monsanto has introduced the DEKALB Acre Program, which rewards growers who purchase multiple crops from the DEKALB brand this season with a rebate in the fall. The rebate is two per cent on the second DEKALB crop purchased and a three per cent rebate on the third DEKALB crop purchased. Talk to your DEKALB retailer or visit the DEKALB website for more details.
Monsanto is promoting the use of multiple modes of action to slow herbicide resistance. Growers in Western Canada can save $0.50 per acre on Roundup Transorb HC when they buy matching acres of Heat LQ, Heat WG or Distinct herbicides. More details on this program can be found at PowerfulCombination.ca.
Nufarm has a number of offers for growers for the 2015 season. You can find the whole list on the Nufarm website (make sure to select “agriculture west” from the menu on the left side of the page).
Here is a list of the current offers:
- NipsIt Suite, cereal seed treatment. Get $200 back when you purchase your first case.
- BlackHawk, pre-seed burndown for cereals and soybean crops. Save 25 per cent on your first case. Satisfaction guaranteed or your in-crop maintenance herbicide application is free.
- Conquer, pre-seed burndown for canola crops. Save 25 per cent on your first case.
- Valtera, pre-seed residual burndown for soybeans. Save 25 per cent on your first case.
- Enforcer, broadleaf herbicide for cereal crops. Save 50 per cent on your first 80 acres.
Syngenta is maintaining its Partner Program for 2015. To qualify for the Partner Program, you must purchase a minimum $15,000 of eligible Syngenta products. New products added to the Partner Program for 2015 include Cruiser Vibrance Quattro and Vibrance Quattro seed treatments for cereals, new canola variety SY4157, new durum variety CDC Desire and malt barley variety AAC Synergy.
Rebate percentages are calculated by totaling 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 online at syngentafarm.ca/PartnerProgram.
A total purchase value of $15,000 in Syngenta products earns you a three per cent rebate, and this increases incrementally. The highest level of savings is nine per cent for purchases of $220,000 or more on most crop protection products and canola and soybean seed.
Syngenta cereal, sunflower and corn seed not eligible for savings but purchases of these products are used as builders to increase the rebate percentage rate.
Syngenta has introduced a Portfolio Bonus in 2015. If you qualify for the Partner Program you can earn an additional $2 per acre rebate on seedcare products such as Cruiser Vibrance Quattro, Cruiser Maxx Vibrance Cereals, and Cruiser Maxx Vibrance Beans and Vibrance Maxx, when matched with acres treated with Traxos, Sierra 2.0, Broadband or Axial products. You can further match those seedcare acres with acres treated with fungicides Quilt and Fuse for another $2 per acre rebate.
The Cruiser Maxx Vibrance Beans Bonus also continues for this year. 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 2014 Partner Program you are automatically registered for 2015. Confirm registration by calling the Syngenta Customer Resource Centre at 1-87-SYNGENTA (1-877-964-3682).
UAP explains that 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.
*Editor’s Note: This article originally stated that the discount was $1,200 per Smartly. $1,600 is the correct amount.