Griffin L.L.C, Pioneer and DuPont Crop Protection are teaming up again to offer their OneSource customer loyalty program to cotton producers in the Mid-South and Southeast states.

Representatives of the companies say the addition of several new products to the qualifying list of crop inputs will make OneSource even better than in 2002 when more than 7,500 growers enrolled in the program.

The products include:

  • Cinch, a pre-emergence herbicide containing metolachlor, which will be targeted at herbicide-resistant Palmer pigweed and other weeds. DuPont will offer Cinch as part of a program approach that includes Cinch plus Staple pre-emergence followed by Staple plus glyphosate followed by diuron/linuron.
  • Linex 4L, a lay-by herbicide that is currently available under a Section 24c Special Local Needs exemption in Alabama, Louisiana, Tennessee and Texas. Griffin expects to receive a Section 3 registration for Linex 4L in the first quarter of 2003. “It is very effective against morningglory,” says Scott Addy of Griffin L.L.C.
  • Intruder, a new insecticide that targets insects with sucking, piercing mouthparts (aphids, whiteflies, flea hoppers and plant bugs. DuPont has signed an agreement to become the exclusive distributor of Intruder. (Intruder will not be available in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.)

“We will also be reducing the price of Staple by 17 percent in 2003, which should be of help to growers in these times of low prices,” said Mike Cunnane, cotton marketing manager for DuPont Crop Protection.

Representatives of the companies didn't know what to expect when they first offered the OneSource program at the Beltwide Cotton Conferences in Atlanta in 2002. But growers quickly took to the program.

OneSource is a three-pronged program that helps participating growers recover the cost of inputs lost to weather disasters, gives cash back on multiple product purchases and offers 22 crop protection products that qualify for the cash-back offer.

“Growers say they especially like the risk mitigation feature of the program,” says Addy, director of marketing for Griffin L.L.C. “We had growers in North Carolina file Product Cost Replacement claims, and they indicated it was of great benefit to them.”

Addy and Cunnane said they believe OneSource offers cotton growers a package that has never been available to them before — a single program for input cost replacement, cost reduction, cost reduction and planning simplicity.

One unique feature is that the program includes products that growers can use at almost any point in the growing season from burndown herbicides to harvest aids.

For 2003, the products will include Assure II, Cinch, Cotoran 4L, Cotoran DF, Cotton-Pro, Direx 4L and Direx 80DF, Harmony Extra, Karmex DF, Linex 4L, Staple and Staple Plus herbicides; Mepex plant growth regulator; Asana XL, Atrapa 5E and 8E, Atrapa ULV, Declare, Intruder, Lannate LV/SP, Steward and Vydate C-LV insecticides.

Farmers who want to enroll in the program for the first time in 2003 can go to the OneSource Website at http://onesource.agweb.com, complete an enrollment form and receive a unique OneSource participant code. Growers without Internet access can call toll-free 1 866 COTTON-1 to receive an enrollment form via the mail. (Growers who enrolled in the 2002 program are automatically pre-enrolled for the 2003 program.)

To participate in the Product Cost Replacement benefit, growers must enroll and purchase and apply at least two qualifying products with a total minimum net purchase of $25,000 between Dec. 1, 2002, and Nov. 30, 2003. Growers will receive the benefit if their cotton crop or a portion of the crop is lost or destroyed due to drought, frost/freeze, flood, hail, and tornado or wind damage during the 2003 growing season.

Cunnane says DuPont will be dedicating a great deal of emphasis on the use of residual herbicides such as Cinch and Staple in its educational efforts in 2003.

“Farmers growing Roundup Ready cotton are having a lot of problems controlling weeds,” agrees Scott Addy. “We believe we're on the verge of a resurgence in pre-emergence herbicides.”


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