The Canola Council of Canada is reminding producers the member companies of the Western Grains Elevator Association, and the Canadian Oilseed Processors Association, will not be accepting accepting delivery of canola treated with quinclorac.
China accounts for one third of Canada's canola exports, and they currently do not have a Maximum Residue Limit. Exporters and processors are concerned any residue in the canola will create a significant trade risk.
There is one product on the Canadian market right now containing quinclorac. It's called Clever, and it's registered for use on canola. Farmers are being advised to use other cleaver control methods.
Vice President of the Canola Council of Canada, Brian Innes, says for the past two years, farmers have been notified canola with quinclorac will not be accepted.
"There are residues that are left in the canola seed, that then show up in the canola oil, and the canola meal, that you can detect. There is uncertainty created by a lack of tolerance in China."
He adds, there are a couple things producers can do to avoid this marketing risk.
"When it comes to spraying there are two things. One is only using using acceptable pesticides, and if you're not sure, you can go onto keepingitclean.ca to find out if there is any concern like quinclorac. The second thing to think about, is using pesticides correctly. So that's insuring you are following the label, and using the right amount at the right time."
The council is working with the company registering quinclorac to establish a tolerance which will comply with China's export regulations.
Growers are encouraged to speak with their local elevator or processor for additional details.