Poll: Only one in three growers rotates canola crop every four years

MISSISSAUGA, ON, September 16, 2013 - Most Western Canadian growers are not following the industry best practice of growing canola once every four years in a rotation with other crops.

According to a poll conducted by Ipsos Reid on behalf of BASF Canada Inc., only one in three growers from Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba follows this recommendation, while most push growing canola to once every three years (44 percent), two years (25 percent) or every year (1 percent).

The online poll of 401 wheat and canola growers in Western Canada was conducted late last year.

“Canola rotations are tight because canola is one of the top revenue-producing crops,” said Harley House, BASF Brand Manager for Clearfield® Crops,. “We don’t endorse or condone shorter rotations but if growers are opting for shorter ones, there are other ways to be sustainable.”

Among those that do rotate their systems, the poll found the primary reasons are they want to use different modes of action to manage weed resistance (89 percent); to control volunteer canola (82 percent); blackleg management (67 percent); and to get higher quality samples (61 percent).

“For whatever reason, if growers can’t rotate their crop, they should rotate their system,” said House. “One of the key benefits of the Clearfield Production System for canola is the ability to choose the herbicide that best matches your weed control needs and sustainability strategies.”

But what the poll found was four in 10 (41 percent) said they don’t switch the herbicide-tolerant system they use for their canola crop. And, among those that do, there was no consensus on the frequency of doing so.

The Clearfield Production System for canola provides reliable control of problematic weeds, plus flushing control of shallow germinating weeds. It also provides control of both Roundup Ready&rep; and Liberty Link® Volunteer canola.

Full tabular results of this poll are available at

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