Blog: The Wheat Sheaf
Five simple steps to keeping it clean
Cereals Canada and its partners are working together on the ‘Keep It Clean – Cereals campaign’ so that we can get the right information to farmers to help reduce market access risk. Our global customers come back to Canada because we deliver high quality safe products that meet regulations on pesticide residues and other grain safety concerns. Our reputation as a reliable supplier of quality grains hinges on our ability to deliver on this promise.
Importers are increasingly on the lookout for unwanted material in their shipments, and they often test arriving vessels to ensure that contract specifications are being met. Shipments that contain things like pesticide residues above the importers maximum residue limits or mycotoxins such as ochratoxin (OTA) and deoxynivalenol (DON) can derail export. Sometimes a pesticide is approved in Canada before importing countries. In these cases the MRL might be zero. Farmers help keep our markets open by considering this before using a pesticide for the first time.
Importing countries can turn shipments away if we don’t meet their regulations, causing millions of dollars in losses and placing future business at risk.
The industry must work together as a whole value chain in order to protect and build upon Canada’s reputation for quality and safety. As part of this effort farmers should have a clear crop protection management plan, integrating the 5 simple Keep It Clean – Cereals steps:
- USE REGISTERED PESTICIDES ONLY
- CONSIDER MARKET ACCEPTANCE BEFORE USING A PESICIDE FOR THE FIRST TIME
- GROW DISEASE RESISTANT VARIETIES AND USE PRACTICES THAT REDUCE INFECTION
- STORE CEREALS PROPERLY
- DELIVER WHAT YOU DECLARE
Individual producers can’t control everything that goes into our international reputation and brand. But they do control some of the most important factors. Adhering to these guidelines will not just protect your reputation, it will ultimately protect the entire Canadian grain industry.
For more information please go to: www.keepingitclean.ca or call 204.942.2166.