Con­sider mar­ket ac­cess be­fore spray­ing

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With the 2018 plant­ing sea­son un­der­way, it is im­por­tant Cana­dian grow­ers are aware of the 2018 prod­ucts of con­cern for canola, wheat, malt bar­ley, oats and pulses; and al­ways fol­low the la­bel. These are key steps to avoid un­ac­cept­able residues and pro­tect Canada’ s rep­u­ta­tion as a qual­ity sup­plier.

“It is im­por­tant to al­ways talk to your grain buyer be­fore spray­ing to en­sure the prod­ucts you are us­ing are ac­cept­able to their cus­tomers,” says Brenna Mahoney, di­rec­tor of com­mu­ni­ca­tions and stake­holder re­la­tions with Ce­re­als Canada. “Cana­dian grow­ers must also know and fol­low the la­bel for rate, tim­ing and pre-har­vest in­ter­val to re­duce mar­ket risk.”

“The over­all health of the Cana­dian agri­cul­ture in­dus­try im­proves when we have sta­ble, open trade with the mar­kets that value our prod­ucts the most,” says Brian Innes, vice pres­i­dent of public af­fairs with the Canola Coun­cil of Canada. “Pro­duc­ers can help keep mar­kets open by con­sid­er­ing our cus­tomers when they make ap­pli­ca­tion de­ci­sions.”

Grow­ers are ad­vised to be aware of the fol­low­ing crop/ prod­uct com­bi­na­tions:

2018 Prod­ucts of Con­cern for Ce­re­als

Spe­cial Consider­a­tions:

All Ce­re­als: Glyphosate (e.g. Roundup) – un­der in­creased scru­tiny. Rig­or­ous ad­her­ence to guide­lines, in­clud­ing fol­low­ing the la­bel, will keep this im­por­tant prod­uct in our tool­box for years to come.

Wheat: Glyphosate – only use pre-har­vest if green­est part of the crop is <30 per cent mois­ture.

Oats: Glyphosate – may not be ac­cepted by grain buy­ers if treated pre-har­vest.

Malt Bar­ley: Glyphosate, Saflufe­nacil (e.g. Kixor) – will not be ac­cepted by grain buy­ers if treated pre-har­vest.

2018 Prod­ucts of Con­cern for Canola

Be in­formed – treated crop could cre­ate mar­ket­ing con­cerns:

Quin­clo­rac (e.g. Accord, Clever, Facet and Master­line Quin­clo­rac) – con­sult grain buyer be­fore us­ing.

Met­cona­zole (e.g. Quash) – con­sult grain buyer be­fore us­ing.

2018 Prod­ucts of Con­cern for Pulses

Up-to-date in­for­ma­tion is now avail­able at keepin­git­clean.ca.

The Keep It Clean! pro­gram has pub­lished the 2018 prod­ucts of con­cern on­line at keepin­git­clean.ca to help grow­ers make the best de­ci­sions sur­round­ing prod­uct ap­pli­ca­tion. Along with the prod­ucts of con­cern, the site of­fers MRL and reg­u­la­tory up­dates as de­vel­op­ments are made at the na­tional and in­ter­na­tional levels. These de­vel­op­ments are the ba­sis for the best prac­tices that Keep it Clean! ad­vises grow­ers to fol­low through­out the sea­son to keep mar­kets open for all.

“There is a di­rect con­nec­tion be­tween the use of best prod­uct ap­pli­ca­tion prac­tices and the abil­ity to mar­ket Cana­dian grains and oilseeds,” says Mac Ross, man­ager of mar­ket ac­cess and trade pol­icy with Pulse Canada. “We’re all in this to­gether. Us­ing best prac­tices pro­tects Canada’s rep­u­ta­tion, Cana­dian agri­cul­ture and grow­ers’ bot­tom lines.”

Rec­og­niz­ing that main­tain­ing open mar­kets for all com­modi­ties is crit­i­cal to Canada’s agri­cul­ture sec­tor, the Canola Coun­cil of Canada, Ce­re­als Canada and Pulse Canada work to­gether through Keep it Clean! to pro­vide grow­ers with the in­for­ma­tion they need to en­sure their crops are mar­ket ready. Be­cause grow­ers con­tinue to fol­low the Keep it Clean! steps, Cana­dian agri­cul­ture con­tin­ues to keep the con­fi­dence of our ex­port part­ners.

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