What do farmers think of grower programs?

It is now common practice for Crop Protection and Seed companies to offer rewards programs designed to encourage farmers to purchase multiple products from their company. But what do farmers think of these programs?

In the fall of 2019, Stratus completed a survey of 1,150 US farmers with an average farm size of 2,300 acres.  The study examined farmer participation in programs in 2019 and the resulting impact on company shares. The study also looked at awareness…

Do company perceptions matter in the Seed business?

We all know that product performance, especially consistently high yields year-after-year, is the most important driver of success in the Seed business. But what about farmer perceptions of the seed company itself? Does it matter what farmers think of your company as long as the product performs?

Stratus recently completed a survey of 1,000 corn, cotton or soybean growers in the US with an average farm size of 2,300 acres.  Among other things, the study examined farmer perceptions of the 9 leading seed companies on 15 different attributes plus the…

Should Crop Protection Company Reps Spend More Time On Farm?

Crop Protection companies employ reps to promote their products to farmers and retailers. Some companies wonder how much time their reps should spend working directly with farmers. What is the return on investment for their time?

Stratus recently completed a survey of 1,150 US farmers with an average farm size of 2,300 acres.  The study examined the interaction of Crop Protection (CP) company reps with farmers through various field activities and measured the impact of those activities…

Corn Seed Resellers Can Influence Seed Brand Decisions – If They Do it Right.

During the winter of 2019, Stratus interviewed over 500 corn farmers from the midwestern United States for the Corn Seed Focus360 report. The results from this survey highlight that although high profits and high yields are still the most important factors that a farmer considers when choosing which corn seed brand(s) to use, the relationship and interaction they have with their reseller has an impact on what they plant.

When it comes to corn seed, there are a lot of considerations a farmer needs to make as they weigh their options among the different brands. So how do they make the tough decision? According to the farmers we surveyed,…

The Journey from Corn Seed Brand Awareness to Use in Eastern Canada

During the winter of 2019, Stratus interviewed 300 corn growers in eastern Canada to get their views on the corn seed brands they intend to purchase for 2019. Although brand positioning and effective channel interactions are important, the journey from brand awareness to actual use demonstrates the importance of being a brand that a grower considers.

Among the corn growers who responded to the survey, 60% of them were aware of the various corn seed brands.  For those respondents who were aware of each brand, 41% of them considered using the brand while 59% ignored the brand even…

Consistent performance is key to corn seed brand decisions

Stratus Ag Research recently released the 2019 Corn Seed Focus360 report for Eastern Canada. This report is designed to enable Seed companies to understand brand experiences and the impact marketing efforts had on eastern Canadian corn growers over time.

Along with containing the grower views of the major corn seed brands in Eastern Canada, the following items are a few key insights derived from the report: Efforts to get a corn seed brand into the consideration set of a…