Follow the 5 Simple Tips to Keep it Clean

When you consider market access at all points in the growing season and take the necessary steps to grow a market-ready crop, you can protect your investments and help keep markets open for all.

To help you make some of the important decisions along the way, Keep it Clean has put together a handy reference guide called 5 Simple Tips. Covering every stage of crop production, the guide is filled with practical advice to reduce pesticide residues and traces of disease, ensuring crops comply with set maximum residue limits (MRLs).

You can help maintain Canada’s reputation as a supplier of high-quality cereals by keeping market access top of mind and following these 5 Simple Tips:

  1. Tip #1: Use Acceptable Pesticides Only
    Only apply pesticides that are both registered for use on your crop in Canada and won’t create trade concerns. 
  2. Tip #2: Always Read and Follow the Label 
    Applying pesticides or desiccants without following label directions may result in unacceptable residues. 
  3. Tip #3: Grow Disease-Resistant Varieties and Use Practices That Reduce Infection
    Crop diseases like fusarium head blight (FHB) in cereals can cause yield and quality losses, impact profitability and may create a market risk. 
  4. Tip #4: Store Your Crop Properly
    Proper storage helps to maintain crop quality and keeps the bulk free of harmful cross contaminants.
  5. Tip #5: Deliver What You Declare
    When you sign the mandatory Declaration of Eligibility affidavit at the elevator, you are making a legal assertion that your crop is the variety and/or class you have designated.

We all play a role in keeping markets open for Canadian cereals. Click the link below to learn more about the 5 Simple Tips and to access useful crop-specific resources and information from Keep it Clean. For more information on the 5 Simple Tips, visit