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Do not use glufosinate-ammonium on pulses

Do not use glufosinate-ammonium on pulses. There is an elevated risk of maximum residue limit (MRL) related trade disruption if glufosinate is used on pulses due to missing or very low MRLs in export markets. Glufosinate is registered for use in Western Canada only on lentils for certain generic glufosinate products but should never be used. Its use on any other pulse crop in Western Canada is off label and illegal. To help maintain market access, use acceptable pesticides only, and always read and follow the product label for application rate, timing, and pre-harvest interval.  

What’s at stake? 

The success of the Canadian pulse industry is dependent on our ability to export Canadian pulses to over 130 different countries around the world. To succeed, our pulses must remain compliant with the pesticide MRLs in our export markets, which are not always the same as the MRL requirements here in Canada. In recent years, there has been an increased focus on MRLs in our export markets, resulting in more frequent residue testing. This heightened level of testing requires the Canadian pulse industry to take extra precaution to ensure our pulses meet the requirements of our export markets and avoid the potential for trade disruption.  

Pulse Canada and industry partners are actively working to manage the risk of MRL related trade disruption in our export markets. At a high level, this work involves identifying and communicating potential MRL risks, working to attain the required MRL within the export market, and advocating for broader MRL harmonization and regulatory cooperation within the global marketplace.  

We aim to mitigate the risk of MRL related trade disruption while maintaining access to effective crop protection products that pulse growers rely upon. When the risk of MRL trade disruption is too high, it is paramount that growers do not use certain products to avoid potential trade disruption and maintain access to export markets.  

Keep it Clean provides the following tips to help keep your crops market-ready, including: