Reglone shortage makes for challenging pulse crop harvest

A shortage of the dessicant Reglone is causing pulse growers in western Canada serious concerns. The desiccant that plays a vital role in
harvesting pulse crops such as peas and lentils.

Industry groups the Saskatchewan Pulse Growers (SPG) and Pulse Canada have requested and
received approved status for the Reglone desiccant through the Pest
Management Regulatory Agency’s (PMRA) Grower Requested Own Use (GROU)
Program.

This allows producers to bring the product into Canada for their own
use. Producers can apply for an Import Certificate to bring Reglone into

Canada by filling out an application form, providing a copy of the import
container label, and providing proof of participation in an acceptable
container disposal program.

PMRA is aware of the Reglone shortage in Canada and SPG is confident that
the applications will be turned around quickly. Once producers receive their
Import Certificate, they may purchase and import the product for their own
use from a U.S. retailer of their choice.

Growers who are considering using this program should make sure they have
located and guaranteed a supply of the herbicide with a US agriculture
supplier before filling out the GROU application form and paying the
container disposal fee. Producers should act fast if considering this option
as supply is expected to run tight in the US with a demand for Reglone for
potato desiccation, as well as a new emergency use for Reglone on canola in
North Dakota.

Saskatchewan Agriculture has advised that other products for desiccation or
harvest management, such as Liberty for lentils or glyphosate for peas,

beans, lentils and chickpeas can also be used, however the dry-down may not
be as rapid. Glyphosate cannot be used on pulse crops that will be used for
seed production. Producers may also consider swathing if product is not
available. It is important to consider timing and weather when swathing
pulse crops. For information about using Liberty or glyphosate on pulses or
swathing pulse crops, please contact the Agriculture Knowledge Center at
1-866-457-2377.

For more information about the GROU Program and how to apply for an Import
Certificate, please visit the PMRA website at
http://www.pmra-arla.gc.ca/english/appregis/grou/grou_imp-e.html or by
calling the Pest Management Information Service at 1-800-267-6315. For
information about container disposal, please visit
http://www.groucontainerfees.ca/.

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