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Follow the Label to Protect Your Investment

Before you apply any crop protection product, read the label to find the application rate, timing and pre-harvest interval (PHI).

Improper or off-label use of pesticides is illegal, may result in unacceptable residues and put market access at risk.

Take 5 to Know THese Three

I always take the time to read and follow the label

for products I might be using on my crop, and understand the label instructions, requirements and any limitations for those products. Taking that bit of time to learn about the products you are using before application to ensure you are making smart decisions is always worth it.

Melissa Damiani Bluffton, AB
Melissa-Damiani - Canola Leader

If you require clarification about information found on the label, or have further questions, contact the manufacturer before proceeding. Following the label is just one of the 5 Simple Tips. By taking steps to Keep it Clean throughout the growing season, you can protect the marketability of your crop and help keep markets open for all.

Meeting Harvest Goals

While working to meet harvest goals, it is crucial to stick to the PHI, even if your crop is facing a late- season threat as cutting approaches.

As fields get closer to cutting, pesticide choices become more limited, based on the PHI. To help time applications or choose an acceptable product, canola and pulse growers can use the Keep it Clean Spray to Swath Interval Calculator, an interactive interval tracking tool.

Using the tool to calculate PHI: Enter the crop type and the product you have sprayed, and the calculator will tell you how many days after application you must wait to cut your crop.

Using the tool to find a product to suit a specific timeline: Enter your crop type and pesticide type, then drag the slider to indicate when you would like to cut the crop. The calculator will tell you which (if any) products can be applied to meet that timeline.

Illustration showing PHI as the number of days between spraying and swathing or straight-cutting the crop

Tip: The Spray to Swath Interval Calculator can sync with the calendar on your smartphone.