Proper pes­ti­cide use pro­tects farm­ers’ in­vest­ment

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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

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