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Canola Growers: Are you Export Ready?

August 15, 2012 - Canada - Importing countries will not accept canola shipments containing de-registered varieties, pesticide residues or blackleg residues depending on the country's regulations. If shipments are found containing any of these, they can be turned away, causing millions of dollars in losses and placing future business at risk. Importers test frequently using extremely low detection limits, so follow all of the canola production recommendations below to ensure you continue to protect yourself and our industry from potential losses, while maintaining Canada's reputation as a high quality canola supplier.

Declaration of Eligibility

If you sign the mandatory Declaration of Eligibility affidavit at the elevator, you are making a legal assertion that your canola is registered. If it isn't, you can be held liable for the costs associated with contamination of a bin or shipment - up to $400,000.

In a business where the presence of de-registered varieties can make or break a multi-million dollar deal, you can be sure that the companies you sell to are actively checking and tracing all deliveries. So don't make the mistake of growing de-registered varieties. It can cost you more than you think.

Export Ready Production Practices

  1. Do not grow the canola varieties on this list:

HySyn 101 Roundup Ready, 295BX, Cartier BX, Zodiac BX, Renegade BX, Armor BX 3850, 2153, 3640, 3880, 2163, 2273, Exceed, 2631LL, Swallow, SW Legion LL, SW Flare LL, LBD 2393LL, Innovator, Independence, HCN 14, Phoenix

  1. Do not use the pesticides listed below for canola production:
  • Seed treatments containing lindane insecticide
  • Malathion insecticide
  1. Always use other pesticides at the correct rate, timing and pre-harvest interval.
  • All pesticides (herbicides, insecticides, fungicides).
  1. All bins used to store canola should be free of treated seed and animal protein
  • Follow the canola storage recommendations.
For more information please visit the Canola Council of Canada's website.