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Farmers urged to ‘Keep it Clean in 2019’

Be aware of the pesticides buyers don’t want applied to certain crops

Read and always follow the label directions when applying pesticide.

That’s one of the messages Brenna Mahoney, Cereals Canada’s director of communications and stakeholder relations, hopes farmers take away from the updated Keep it Clean website.

By doing so Canadian farmers can help ensure international markets stay open, Mahoney said in an interview April 12.

Not only is it illegal not to follow the label directions, it could result in unacceptable pesticide residue levels, Brian Innes, the Canola Council of Canada’s vice-president of public affairs, said in a news release April 4.

“Growers need to know that using these products may jeopardize their crop marketing options and market access for all,” Mahoney said in the same release. “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 (Quash). Consult your grain buyer before application.
  • Wheat: Glyphosate (Roundup). Only apply when seed moisture content is below 30 per cent in the least mature plants in the field.
  • Malt barley: Glyphosate (Roundup), Saflufenacil (Heat). Will not be accepted by grain buyers if treated pre-harvest.
  • Oats: Glyphosate (Roundup). May not be accepted by grain buyers if treated pre-harvest.
  • All pulses: Glyphosate (Roundup). Only apply when seed moisture content is below 30 per cent in the least mature plants in the field.

About the author

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Allan Dawson is a reporter with the Manitoba Co-operator based near Miami, Man. Covering agriculture since 1980, Dawson has spent most of his career with the Co-operator except for several years with Farmers’ Independent Weekly and before that a Morden-Winkler area radio station.

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