Keep it Clean has released its 2020 Pulse MRL Advisory with information on the crop protection products which could restrict marketing options for Canadian pulse crops. As the growing season kicks off across the country, retailers are encouraged to learn the products of concern listed below and communicate them to their customers.

This growing season, there are three crop protection product active ingredients which may create market risk if used on certain pulse crops. Be sure your staff and customers are aware of the following products of concern for this growing season:


GLUFOSINATE: (Western Canada) Growers are advised to not use glufosinate (e.g. MPower Good Harvest) on lentils as a crop desiccant. Lentils treated with this product will not be accepted by grain buyers. There is an elevated risk of MRL related trade disruption due to missing or very low MRLs in most major markets.


DIQUAT: Peas, lentils, chickpeas dry beans and faba beans treated with diquat (e.g. Reglone) may not be accepted by some grain buyers. MRLs are established in most major markets but are set at low levels in the U.S.; growers are advised to consult their grain buyer before use.

GLUFOSINATE: (Eastern Canada) Dry bean growers are advised to consult with their grain buyer before using glufosinate (e.g. Ignite) on dry beans in Eastern Canada. MRLs are missing or set at low levels in most major markets.

GLYPHOSATE: Peas, lentils, chickpeas dry beans and faba beans may not be accepted if treated with pre-harvest glyphosate (e.g. Roundup) due to scrutiny in the global marketplace and low MRLs for some pulse crops in certain export markets. Growers are advised to consult their grain buyer before use.

The Keep it Clean Pulse MRL Advisory, which includes steps that growers can take to mitigate risk, is available for download at keepingitclean/pulses/mrl-advisory.

Keep it Clean is a joint initiative of the Canola Council of Canada, Pulse Canada, Cereals Canada, Barley Council of Canada and Prairie Oat Growers Association, providing growers and advisors with resources for growing crops that meet the requirements of our domestic and export customers.

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