For some growers, picking up their copy of the Guide to Crop Protection at the Crop Production Show was considered a chore. It’s not hard to see why; the book has grown each year, resulting in a heavier load for producers to carry around the tradeshow floor. The upcoming change to the Guide’s delivery date for 2017 and beyond will help to lessen that load.
During the 2016 Crop Production Show, the Ministry conducted a survey to assess the Guide’s effectiveness. At that point, growers said they use the Guide throughout the year, not just in the spring. Many also said their awareness of the Spring Update was low, or that the information provided in the update was not being used.
With that in mind, the Ministry is making changes to the Guide’s development and distribution as part of its ongoing commitment to more efficient and effective program and service delivery. These changes are being implemented with grower and agrologist needs in mind. Here’s what they mean for you:
- The 2017 Guide will include more new chemicals than previous publications, eliminating the need for the Spring Update.
- The Spring Update, usually released in May, will not be published.
- To incorporate information on more new chemicals, the timing of the Guide’s development will be extended. The 2017 Guide will be available beginning in late February to early March.
However, some things are not changing:
- The Guide will still be available to Saskatchewan farmers, ranchers and agribusinesses at no cost.
- Once published, the Guide will still be distributed through normal channels such as retail locations and the Ministry’s Regional Offices.
As part of the transition to a later distribution date, clients visiting the 2017 Crop Production Show will have the option to sign up to receive their Guide in the mail.
For more information contact the Agriculture Knowledge Centre at 866-457-2377 or firstname.lastname@example.org