Get ready to grow a market ready crop in 2019! Canadian growers work hard to produce crops to the highest standard to meet the expectations of customers around the world.
Because of this hard work, the quality and reputation of Canadian canola and cereals is amongst the best in the world. To protect this quality and reputation and make sure markets remain open for all, the Canola Council of Canada and Cereals Canada are reminding growers to follow these 5 Simple Tips during the growing season to ensure your crops are ready for domestic and international markets.
Tip #1 – Use Acceptable Pesticides Only
Only apply pesticides that are both registered for use on your crop in Canada and won’t create trade concerns. Talk to your grain buyer to ensure the products you are using are acceptable to both domestic and export customers.
Tip #2 – Always Read and Follow the Label
Always follow the label for rate, timing and pre-harvest interval (PHI). The PHI is the number of days that must pass between the last application of a pesticide and swathing or straight combining. Applying pesticides or desiccants without following label directions may result in unacceptable residues. Canola growers can visit spraytoswath.ca, an interactive interval tracking tool, to help plan their applications.
Tip #3 – Grow Disease-Resistant Varieties and Use Practices that Reduce Infection
Crop diseases like blackleg in canola and fusarium head blight (FHB) in cereals can cause yield and quality losses, impact profitability and may create a market risk.
Tip #4 – Store Your Crop Properly
Proper storage helps to maintain crop quality and keeps the bulk free of harmful cross contaminants.
- Never use malathion to prepare canola for storage or to treat bins used to store canola. Its residue can linger for months, so choose your canola storage bin carefully.
- Make sure your storage bins are free of treated seed and animal protein like blood meal and bone meal.
- Clean bins thoroughly prior to storing your crop.
- Only use approved bin treatments (e.g. diatomaceous earth on cereals).
- Condition crops to moisture and temperature levels safe for long-term storage.
- Keep bins cool, dry, well-ventilated and check their condition regularly.
Tip #5 – Deliver What You Declare
When you sign the mandatory Declaration of Eligibility affidavit at the elevator, you are making a legal assertion that your crop is the variety and/or class you have designated. It also states whether your grain may contain residues of any crop input product specified in the declaration.
This declaration is a legally binding document and incorrect information, intentional or unintentional, can be traced back to the farm and individuals can be held liable for the costs associated with contamination of a bin or shipment.
We all benefit when markets for Canadian crops remain open and stable – let’s all do our part to maintain our reputation as a quality supplier.