There continues to be some controversy surrounding the use of the herbicide quinclorac in canola.
The Canola Council is advising producers not to use quinclorac because of concerns about maximum residue levels and possible disruption to export sales.
The Canola Council says exporters have said clearly they will not purchase canola treated with quinclorac this year.
But Great Northern Growers of Saskatoon says there are unfounded worries among farmers in Saskatchewan about a pesticide designed to help control cleavers.
Ash Skinner, CEO of Great Northern Growers says China has never rejected Canadian canola because of quinclorac.
In fact, he says quinclorac is made in China and Chinese farmers are the world’s largest users of the product.
Skinner says there is no basis to suggest Chinese importers are raising the issue.
He says quinclorac offers a cost-effective way to control cleavers.