It’s not a safety issue, it’s a market access issue, but the outcome is the same: farmers in Ontario are being told that a pre-harvest application of glyphosate on dry beans is no-go this season.

Several buyers in the province are letting farmers with contracted production know that they’ll have to find other harvest and late-season management tools instead of the popular herbicide. Export markets, such as Europe, have made it clear to Canadian grain companies that glyphosate-free is a requisite for market access.

Derwyn Hodgins represents one of those company — Hensall Co-op — and says that market access is a key driver of many of the dos and don’ts of a given contract. Dry beans are a valuable market, and even though producers may follow label directions for the registered use of a pre-harvest glyphosate pass, the risk of finding glyphosate residue in bean shipments is too high to allow it.

Hodgins says that all dry bean growers should check with their intended buyers well ahead of the harvest season, adding there are other desiccant and weed control options should farmers need harvest management tools.

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