Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Neonics, bees, & agriculture

The recent announcement by the Ontario government looking to reduce neonicotinoid use in agriculture has got a lot of people up in arms. CropLife Canada claims this will bring about widespread tillage and loss of productive soil. Grain Farmers of Ontario claim that it will lead to the end of the family farm. Many farmers on Twitter are upset its more government regulation.

The fact is there have been problems with neonics in Ontario and some changes need to be made. In most areas in the rest of Canada seed treatments with neonics and bees live in harmony.  Ontario farmers have made changes and things have improved. Whether more regulation is needed I'm not sure but I do know if the technology is that valuable farmers will find a way to keep it.

This isn't a ban. Farmers will need to prove their need for it. Its all about good agronomy. Start doing your work now to show what pests you have and why you need it. The coming season gives you a chance to try test strips without the insecticide and evaluate.

And don't forget to participate in the consultation over the next couple of months. Make your voice heard. But please make it a calm and rational voice. Shouting matches between all parties doesn't serve anyone.

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