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Crop Logistics Working Group receives new mandate to help grain sector
Agriculture industry experts will work under a new mandate to continue their work on finding efficiencies and driving costs out of the entire value chain. The Crop Logistics Working Group’s (CLWG) second mandate will focus on improving the performance of the supply chain for all crops, with a focus on innovation, capacity, and stakeholder collaboration.

“The economy remains a top priority and agriculture is playing a vital role as a driver of jobs and future growth,” said Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz. “Along with a focus on innovation, markets, and competitiveness, our government knows that logistical efficiencies can also strengthen the overall economy by ensuring that the agricultural sector can reap the rewards of a dynamic and growing global marketplace.”

The CLWG provides a venue for collaboration throughout the supply chain to help improve the efficiency in how grains move from farm to customer, whether in Canada or around the globe. The CLWG will identify performance measurement gaps in grain industry supply chains and work to develop a grain logistics performance measurement framework. They will also have a mandate to find ways to build capacity and investigate how innovation can further strengthen the logistical value chain.

This renewed mandate for the CLWG is part of the federal government’s long-term strategy to strengthen and modernize the grain industry. These changes will attract investment, encourage innovation, create value-added jobs, and build a stronger economy across the country. Growing Forward 2 will also continue to focus on modernizing the grain sector.

BASF increases production of TWINLINETM to meet demand for 2013
BASF Canada Inc. (BASF) has increased production of TWINLINE™ cereal fungicide for the 2013 growing season as a direct response to high market demand. Labeled for barley, oats, rye, triticale and wheat, TWINLINE™ offers a flexible pre-harvest interval (PHI) and can be applied through the start of flowering.

“Growers responded very well to the benefits that new TWINLINE fungicide offered last year which resulted in a sold out position across Canada,” says Jason Leitch, Brand Manager, Fungicides, at BASF Canada. “A lot of growers had success with TWINLINE last year and next year even more growers will have the opportunity to access it.”

One such grower was Ron Krahn of Rivers, Manitoba. Krahn used the fungicide on his spring wheat and oats and saw a significant benefit. “We sprayed TWINLINE on both at flag leaf time and saw between eight and 11 bushels more per acre over the check,” he says.

TWINLINE™ provides dual modes of action to control a range of leaf diseases, including tan spot, septoria leaf spot, leaf rust, stripe rust, spot blotch, net blotch, scald, crown rust and powdery mildew. In trials, TWINLINE™ resulted in excellent leaf disease control along with AgCelence benefits (unique plant health benefits available only in specific BASF fungicides) leading to an average yield response of three bushels per acre in comparison to the untreated acre.

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