My Advice: Get Your Crop Inputs and In Crop Protection Products On Your Farm ASAP

With the slow start to planting and seeding in 2013 many farmers have spent more time in their shops fixing equipment that in the field.  Also considering the findings of this weeks poll,  in my opinion, across parts of the United States and Canada this spring is going to be one that focuses on logistics.  I have talked to three major crop input retailers that operate in Western Canada and the sentiment is very similar among everyone.

“Get your crop inputs and crop protection supply on farm now!!!!”

With spring progress stalled, many retailers do not have appropriate warehouse space to house products from multiple stages of the crop cycle all at once.  This has resulted in the channel backing up until seed, inoculants, seed treatments and glyphosate products leave the warehouse.

In discussions with one Canadian ag-retail executive, he agreed that the ag retails that have invested in strong ERP and IT logistics systems will succeed in this kind of spring environment.

As a farmer don’t rely on your retailer’s ability to execute on logistics.  Get your in-crop products like herbicides and fungicides on your farm yard as soon as you can.  Take control and ensure that you have access to what you need because you took care of business now.


Shaun Haney

Shaun Haney is the founder of He creates content regularly and hosts RealAg Radio on Rural Radio 147 every weekday at 4PM est. @shaunhaney


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Jim Hale

I’ve found this to be the case more times than not. It seems that every year one or two this are short. Be it chemical or seed or innoculant.

George Lubberts

Interesting advice Shaun, but you are making an interesting assumption as well. How do you know whether or not you will be needing a fungicide now? Even Environment Canada can’t get the weather forecast straight for a 2 day window. How do you know what weeds will be germinating in your fields? With later seeding and more rapid change from cool, wet soils to warm soils, I can make one guarantee…. you won’t have the same weed spectrum to spray for as you did last year. Many farmers are getting pressure from both retailers and pesticide companies to order and take their pesticide requirements earlier and earlier. Are these companies also willing to take the products back if not needed (without any re-stocking charges)? Or will farmers get stuck holding the bag (or box or jug) on pesticide inventories as well?


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