Proper pesticide use protects farmers’ investment
By always reading and following the label, Canadian growers protect their own investment and do their part to keep markets open for all.
“The label has important information like a product’s rate, timing and registered crops,” says Brian Innes, Vice President, Public Affairs with the Canola Council of Canada. “Applying crop protection products without following label directions is illegal and may result in residue levels that are unacceptable to both domestic and export customers.”
Improper or off-label use of crop protection products can jeopardize growers’ investments and market access for all agriculture commodities.
Products of Concern
The Canola Council of Canada, Cereals Canada and Pulse Canada are reminding growers that along with reading and following the label for all products applied to crops, there are some products that could create market risks if applied to certain crops.
“Growers need to know that using these products may jeopardize their crop marketing options and market access for all,” says Brenna Mahoney, Director of Communications and Stakeholder Relations with Cereals Canada. “If the product is not acceptable to our customers to begin with, following the label becomes irrelevant.”
Growers should be aware of the following crop protection products of concern for the 2019 growing season:
Canola – Metconazole (i.e. Quash) Consult your grain buyer before application.
Wheat – Glyphosate (i.e. Roundup) Only apply when seed moisture content is below 30 per cent in the least mature plants in the field.
Malt Barley – Glyphosate (i.e. Roundup), Saflufenacil (i.e. Heat) Will not be accepted by grain buyers if treated pre-harvest.
Oats – Glyphosate (i.e. Roundup) May not be accepted by grain buyers if treated pre-harvest.
All Pulses – Glyphosate (i.e. Roundup) Only apply when seed moisture content is below 30 per cent in the least mature plants in the field.
“Glyphosate is registered for pre-harvest weed control. Glyphosate is not a desiccant nor is it a tool to speed up crop dry-down,” says Mac Ross Manager, Market Access & Trade Policy with
Pulse Canada. “It is critical to ensure the least mature plants in the field are below 30 per cent seed moisture content before you spray.”
Canadian canola, cereals and pulses have a world-class reputation for quality and safety, and Canadian growers make significant investments to produce their crops to these high standards. Let’s all do our part to maintain Canada’s reputation as a trusted supplier of canola, cereals and pulses.
Visit keepingitclean.ca/follow-the-label to learn more about how following label directions help to protect grower investments