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.