Clean Seed Tips

All it takes is one bad seed.



Even one treated seed can be enough to contaminate an entire truck load or storage bin and cause the load to be rejected. Because treated seed presents a serious risk to human and animal health, elevators must maintain a zero tolerance for treated seed in grain deliveries.

The Canada Grain Act prohibits you from delivering contaminated grain, and if it is contaminated, a licensed grain handling facility cannot receive it. If treated seed is discovered in a grain lot, the elevator will reject the delivery, entire lot may be required to be destroyed and the producer may be liable for all costs, including costs caused by business disruption, cleanout for any delivered grain and any contamination of other grain.

Treated seed can enter the grain handling system through contaminated equipment, or bins previously used to store treated seed. To reduce the risk of contamination;

  • Keep pesticide treated seed separate from other untreated seed and grain.
  • Store treated seed in separate bins.
  • Check gravity boxes, truck beds, wagons and all equipment that handled treated seed, particularly if that piece of equipment will be used to haul harvested grain, animal feed or forage.
  • Visual inspection isn't enough when dealing with farm equipment and treated seed. If equipment handles treated seed, the equipment should be thoroughly cleaned by pressure washing and inspected.
  • Consider using dedicated bins, augers and equipment for treated seed when possible.
  • Clean up spills and dispose of left-over treated seed as required by your province or municipality.
  • Take part in seed bag collection programs where available.
  • Establish and follow steps to clean all equipment, bins and vehicles thoroughly after seeding and before harvest.
  • Use wagons with straight sides and bottoms so you can clean them easily.
  • Label the equipment that you use for handling treated seed with a tag or sign that you can remove once the equipment has been thoroughly cleaned.
  • Record when the equipment was cleaned and who cleaned the equipment.
  • You are responsible to make sure the grain is free from contamination even if you use a third party shipper.
  • Keep treated seed separate from animal feed to prevent animals from sickness or death.
  • Be sure that treated seed is not left in the open where birds or other animals can eat it.

 

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