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Using a product on a crop that is not registered could cause major trade consequences and the producer could be held responsible.

What you need to know about maximum residue limits

Q & A with an expert

Q: Maximum residue limits: what are they and why are they important?  A: In the agricultural industry, we hear the term maximum residue limit (MRL) referred to on numerous occasions. The term refers to the maximum amount of pesticide residue expected to remain in food products when a crop protection product is used according to […] Read more

Heat LQ cleared for pre-harvest use in wheat, barley

Wheat, durum and barley growers have a new pre-harvest herbicide option now that BASF has received Codex maximum residue limits (MRLs) for its product Heat LQ. While “there were probably some wheat acres already harvested,” according to Dan Packer, BASF’s cereals crop manager, this agreement will provide an additional pre-harvest option for farmers who still […] Read more


Cleavers can have a negative impact on canola and pulse crops.

Controlling cleavers without quinclorac

With quinclorac off of the herbicide menu, farmers will need to use other tools

Last spring, the Western Grains Elevator Association (WGEA) and the Canadian Oilseed Processors Association (COPA) advised growers that they would not accept quinclorac-treated canola grown and harvested in 2016. The reason for this announcement was to make sure that grain shipped to customers in other countries remains in compliance with regards to Maximum Residue Limits […] Read more

Check with buyers before you treat

Buyers don’t want canola treated with quinclorac or wheat treated with chlormequat

The message is clear: two herbicides are no longer viable options in Western Canada. This spring, the Western Grain Elevator Association (WGEA) and the Canola Oilseed Processors Association (COPA) individually announced their members will not accept canola treated with quinclorac or wheat treated with chlormequat in the 2016 crop year. The decision comes due to […] Read more


Desiccants will not speed up crop maturity. The general guideline is to apply at 30 per cent moisture.

Drying with desiccants in pulse crops

Desiccants can simplify pulse crop harvest and weed control, 
but make sure to read the label and know your MRLs

Given this year’s cool, wet spring, harvesting in a timely fashion might become a challenge. In pulse crops, desiccant use can be a critical component of harvest management to dry down any remaining green material in the field as well as deal with actively growing weeds. Dale Risula, Saskatchewan’s provincial special crops specialist, starts almost […] Read more