Monday, June 27, 2011

InVigor® Canola Honors Communities with More for Everyone Awards

Bayer CropScience provides community awards for second year

Research Triangle Park, N.C., June 27, 2011 – Five communities are sharing a little of the good life with their canola-growing neighbors as recipients of More for Everyone awards, sponsored by InVigor canola hybrids from Bayer CropScience. Now in its second year, the program has enabled Bayer CropScience to donate more than $30,000, to non-profit organizations across North Dakota this year.

"We believe the benefits of InVigor hybrids result in More for Everyone," says Tom Schuler, BioScience business development manager for Bayer CropScience. "Through stronger early season growth and consistently better yields, growers have benefitted from InVigor canola for years. They have embraced our awards initiative to provide ‘more’ and expand the notion of ‘everyone.’ This year, our customers purchased more bags in Early Book, so the More for Everyone program is able to award more money than last year to local non-profit groups."

The total amount awarded is calculated by Early Book sales. For every bag of InVigor seed bought before Jan. 31, 2011, 50 cents went toward the awards. Growers who participated in Early Book also had the opportunity to nominate a deserving organization in their communities in need of funding. Of the 86 submissions, a panel of three independent judges chose the following organizations to receive awards:

  • Drake and Anamoose Dollars for Scholars
  • Our Savior's Lutheran Church – Rolla (funds designated for its youth group)
  • Rolette Public School (funds designated for its Vo-Ag department)
  • Sarles Park & Pool
  • Zion Lutheran Church – Mohall (funds designated for its food pantry)

The judges were Barry Coleman, Executive Director of the Northern Canola Growers Association; Doug Goehring, North Dakota Commissioner of Agriculture and Mike Hergert with Red River Farm Network.

"The commitment of canola growers to their communities was evident by the number of nominations submitted for so many deserving organizations," says Schuler. "Supporting these vibrant, rural communities with significant awards is an honor for Bayer CropScience."

For growers, InVigor canola provided more this growing season with two new hybrids. The new varieties deliver the reliable performance growers expect from the rest of the InVigor line: superior crop establishment, uniform maturity and greater harvestability over many other hybrids. A full-season variety, new InVigor L150 is bred to generate top yields and the highest oil of any InVigor hybrid today. New InVigor L130 is a mid-season variety, valuable for years when and areas where the genetics of a full-season variety cannot be fully realized. Both L130 and L150 have the highest resistance rating possible for Blackleg.

Community members are invited to join their canola-growing neighbors to celebrate the contributions of InVigor at local award events this summer. Event locations, dates and times will be announced for each More for Everyone award.

Bayer CropScience is a company committed to bringing new technology to the forefront of crop production. For questions concerning the availability and use of products, growers should visit their retailer, contact a local Bayer CropScience representative, or visit Bayer CropScience online at www.bayercropscience.us.

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