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What You Need to Know for Safe Canola Storage

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Canola farmers must take precautions to ensure their crop remains free of chemicals like malathion, which is known to linger in storage bins and can contaminate seeds. This residue is harmful not only to the quality of the canola but also jeopardizes Canada’s standing as a reliable canola supplier in export markets. 

By following these guidelines, canola farmers can reduce the risk of contaminating their harvest, protect their investment, and contribute to keeping Canada's markets open for quality canola exports. 

When preparing bins for canola storage, it's important to opt for malathion alternatives such as diatomaceous earth, which are approved and safe for use. Cleaning bins thoroughly before storage and maintaining optimal conditions—cool, dry, and well-ventilated—are essential steps to safeguard the crop's quality. 

The use of malathion is permissible for treating cereals and non-oilseed grains, but it is critical that bins treated with malathion are not used for storing canola within the same growing season. Recording the date of treatment for these bins is a crucial practice for effective crop management. 

Ensuring that bins are free from residues of treated seed and animal proteins, like blood meal and bone meal, is also essential. Regular checks on the bins’ condition are advised to maintain the integrity of the stored canola. 

For more tips on safe canola storage and maintaining market readiness, visit Canola Council of Canada's website


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