The #AgTech Industry Is Booming; But What is Actually Happening on Farm?

The Ag Tech industry is well-funded and the product offerings at the farm-gate are many and varied, but how much of what is being developed is being used on farm today?

Google “Ag Tech” or search #agtech on social media and you will be overrun with stories of the technology that is propelling our industry into what has been coined by many as the “digital revolution”.  …

Are Crop Protection Companies Wasting Money on Advertising?

Many farmers think that advertising is a waste of money. But does advertising have an impact on what farmers buy? Or are there other ways crop protection companies could invest their resources more effectively?

Early in 2019 Stratus interviewed 2,300 farmers across the US and Canada to ask about their interactions with crop protection companies; and to see how those interactions affected product use. Crop protection companies want to grow their business.  One approach is…

Farmers buy more from companies who contact them directly and offer attractive programs

Stratus Ag Research recently released the 2018 Farmer Feedback report for Crop Protection companies in the US and Canada. The purpose of this study is to enable Crop Protection companies to strengthen their relationship with farmers by tracking the extent, quality and impact of their interactions with farmers.

The following are a few key insights derived from the USA report. For major CP companies, the primary growth opportunity is to get existing customers to use more of their products (not to find new customers).  Direct mail is…

More than Just Yield - Importance of Secondary Attributes on the Rise for Canola Growers

In the fall of 2018, Stratus interviewed over 500 canola farmers from western Canada for the Canola Seed Focus360 report. The results from this survey highlight that yield and profitability are still the most important factors that farmers consider when choosing a brand of canola seed. Farmers are also now paying more attention to hybrids that also include other “key” attributes like clubroot tolerance and traits affecting harvestability.

Clubroot: The importance of clubroot is a growing concern for farmers in Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. The impact of this disease can be devastating, and incidence is increasing across western Canada (source: Canola Council)  Based on this, it is…

Credit Unions have the best overall knowledge of their farm customers business

Farmers reported big differences across institutions in the Account Managers’ understanding of their farm. Almost half of farmers gave their account manager a high score for “Overall knowledge of your farming business”, but some financial institutions are much better than others.

In 2018 Stratus interviewed 800 farmers from across Canada about their financial institutions. Credit Unions are the best at having an overall knowledge of their customers’ farming business; perhaps because they tend to be both local and full-service.  FCC is…

It’s More Than Just Yield and Profitability Driving Canola Seed Brand Decisions in Western Canada

Stratus Ag Research recently released the 2018 Canola Seed Focus360 report. This report is designed to track growers’ experiences and reactions to the marketing efforts of the canola seed companies in Western Canada.

Along with containing the grower views of the major canola seed brands in the West, the following are key insights derived from the report. High profits and high yield continue to be the most important factors to growers when choosing…