The "Keep it Clean" list of products to ask grain buyers about before spraying in '23


The list of crop protection products that farmers should ask their grain buyers about before spraying in 2023 was published by the Keep it Clean initiative on Thursday.

Keep it Clean is a joint effort of the Canola Council of Canada, Cereals Canada, Pulse Canada and the Prairie Oat Growers Association, informing growers and agronomists about potential market risks associated with certain active ingredients in specific crops.

“The Keep it Clean Product Advisory gives growers the information they need to ensure they’re growing market-ready crops,” notes Krista Zuzak, director of crop protection and production for Cereals Canada. “Growers are encouraged to review this year’s Product Advisory and consult with their grain buyers prior to applying any crop protection products that have an advisory associated with them.”

Products and crops in the advisory this year include the following:

Fluopyram – ‘no categorization’ for use on oats. ‘Do not use’ on malt barley and ‘be informed’ on barley.
Tetraconazole – ‘not registered’ for use on oats. ‘Do not use’ on malt, food or feed barley. This is new for the ’23 Keep it Clean list.
Chlormequat – ‘be informed’ for use on feed, food and malt barley.
Glyphosate – ‘be informed’ for use on oats, wheat, barley, peas, green lentils, chickpeas, dry beans, and faba beans. ‘Do not use’ on malt barley.
Saflufenacil – ‘not registered’ for use on oats. ‘Do not use’ on malt barley.
Sethoxydim – ‘be informed’ for use on lentils and chickpeas.
Chlorothalonil – ‘be informed’ for use on chickpeas. “Not registered’ for use on dry beans and faba beans.
Glufosinate – ‘not registered’ for use on peas, lentils in Eastern Canada, chickpeas, dry beans in Western Canada and faba beans. ‘Be informed’ for use on dry beans in Eastern Canada.

The Pest Management Regulatory Agency’s updated label for lambda-cyhalothrin insecticide also comes into force on April 29, 2023. The change means crops — including grain, screenings, and other by-products — that are treated with a lambda-cy product, such as Matador or Silencer, cannot be used for livestock feed.

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