BASF AgBalance™ tool demonstrates substantial improvements in sustainable canola production in Western Canada

Study results were presented at the first roundtable meeting of the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Crops (CRSC)

MISSISSAUGA, ON, Dec. 2, 2014 – BASF Canada and the Canola Council of Canada (CCC) have released a study completed using the BASF proprietary tool AgBalance™; the study shows substantial improvements over the last 20 years in the sustainability of canola production in Western Canada. The study results were presented last week at the first roundtable meeting of the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Crops (CRSC), a forum for leaders from all corners of the grains value chain to advance, to report and to communicate the sustainability of Canadian grain production.

AgBalance, a holistic method for assessing sustainability in agriculture and identifying key drivers for improvement, uses up to 200 metrics to evaluate a set of 69 indicators to calculate the environmental, economic, and societal impact of various farming practices. Indicators range from soil management to land use to fixed costs and profitability. The results help identify the sustainability performance of a crop production system.

In this case study, the sustainability performance of the average production system of 1990 in the three Western Provinces (Manitoba, Alberta and Saskatchewan) was compared with the 2010 production. The case study revealed an improvement over the twenty year period in all three dimensions of sustainability: environmental (73%), economic (61%) and society (49%). The trend towards greater intensification of agricultural production, and demand for responsibly produced crops has resulted in a new focus on sustainability in the agriculture sector. By adopting innovations and technologies such as herbicide tolerance, a shift from open pollinated cultivars to high yielding hybrids, and conservation tillage, canola production has become significantly more sustainable over the last two decades.

“The results of this AgBalance-study are important to the industry since they quantify the positive direction of crop production in Canada,” said Jeff Bertholet, Technical Development Manager of BASF Canada. “The industry has seen an interest from consumers about how crops used for food production are grown, and to know that those crops are produced in a sustainable way. AgBalance provides a measurement tool for this discussion as well as for further decision making processes.”

“Sustainability is a core value of the CCC and an integral part of our research priorities and recommendations to growers,” said Patti Miller, President of the Canola Council of Canada. “This study reinforces the benefit that new technology and innovation are bringing to the environment and profitability for the grower. Sustainability of canola production has improved substantially over the last two decades.”

“AgBalance is another example of BASF’s leadership and our commitment to a sustainable future in agriculture,” said Ron Kehler, Business Director of BASF Canada. “The canola study proves how canola grown in Canada is produced in an environmentally and economically sustainable way.”


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About BASF

BASF Canada, headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, is a subsidiary of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany and an affiliate of BASF Corporation, Florham Park, New Jersey. BASF has nearly 17,000 employees in North America, and had sales of $19.3 billion in 2013.

At BASF, we create chemistry – and have been doing so for 150 years. Our portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products and crop protection products to oil and gas. As the world’s leading chemical company, we combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. Through science and innovation, we enable our customers in nearly every industry to meet the current and future needs of society. Our products and solutions contribute to conserving resources, ensuring nutrition and improving quality of life. We have summed up this contribution in our corporate purpose: We create chemistry for a sustainable future. BASF had sales of about €74 billion in 2013 and over 112,000 employees as of the end of the year.


BASF Canada, press release, 2014-12-02.


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