The Canola Council of Canada is warning growers to stay away from de-registered canola varieties this spring.
The varieties are no longer marketed and in most cases they lack regulatory approval in key markets, where they could be detected upon arrival, the council said Tuesday.
The group’s crop production program manager, Arvel Lawson, said growers who seed de-registered canola varieties are putting the entire canola industry at risk. This past year, Canada’s canola exports were valued at over $2.3 billion.
Lawson admitted “it’s hard to believe that even a couple of farmers putting de-registered canola into the export system could endanger export markets but it is the current reality.”
Importing countries do check very carefully for de-registered varieties and even very low levels can be detected, she said.
“If de-registered varieties are discovered, the entire shipment could be rejected and future monitoring will get even tougher.”
For reasons listed on the group’s web site, Lawson strongly advised canola growers not to seed:
Roundup Ready Polish (B. rapa) canola:
- Hysyn 101 RR
- Cartier BX
- Zodiac BX
- Renegade BX
- Exceed, 2631 LL
- SW Legion LL
- SW Flare LL
- LBD 2393 LL
- HCN 14
Liberty Link hybrids:
Lawson said many grain companies are no longer accepting delivery of these products. She reminded growers who may have canola seed of these de-registered varieties, to contact the Canola Council of Canada before attempting to deliver.