Actions were developed based on input from the Ontario Bee Health
|Options for Action
|A - Update Best Management Practices
- The revised BMPs have been extensively promoted at grower
meetings and are available on line.
- The revised BMPs have been extensively promoted by the
Ministry at grower meetings, through hand outs and publications
and are available on line. They have been distributed by
the Grain Farmers of Ontario to over 30,000 corn and soybean
producers and agri-business representative. All major seed
companies are distributing best management practices information
through their seed dealers. The agricultural input industry
(e.g., CropLife, Bayer CropScience, Syngenta) has also been
promoting BMPs in the agricultural press, at grower meetings
and directly to growers and agri-businesses.
- Growing Forward 2 (GF2) funding support is available for
grain growers to implement best management practices to
protect pollinators. Scouting services to identify risk
levels of soil borne insects are eligible under GF2 Capacity
Building. These services will complement other initiatives
to increase growers' adoption of integrated pest management
practices. GF2 will also support the modification of planters
to decrease the risk of contaminated dust moving off the
- The Ministry is evaluating other options to encourage
beekeepers and grain growers to adopt BMPs.
|B - Invest in Integrated Pest Management
- Ministry funding is being directed to support the development
of an IPM guide for the identification and management of
soil borne insects.
- Ministry staff are collaborating with University of Guelph
researchers to access industry funding to support research
to evaluate soil borne pest populations across multiple
sites in the province.
- This project will assist in understanding the implications
and risk factors associated with using treated as opposed
to untreated seed in various locations across Ontario.
- Updates of key findings will be made available on the
|C - Promote Availability of Non-Insecticide
- The Ministry collaborated with the Grain Farmers of Ontario
(GFO) and the Canadian Seed Trade Association in the promotion
of non-insecticide treated seed for spring (2014) planting,
with increased varieties now available for the 2014 growing
|D - Encourage Development of New
- New Directions Bee Health Program funding is enabling
the evaluation of new polymers and their interaction with
the new Fluency Agent and with planter modifications.
- A summary of this research will be made available upon
the completion of the project.
- The Ministry will incorporate any new seed treatments
into the Field Crop Protection Guide which is updated every
second year with a supplement released in the intervening
year. The Guide is publicly available on the Ministry website.
|E - Centralize and Communicate Bee Location Data
- Through Ministry funding and with collaboration between
Grain Farmers of Ontario and the Ontario Beekeepers' Association
an app is in development to improve the ability of grain
growers and beekeepers to connect with each other. The app
will be piloted in the 2014 season and plans are to have
the app fully functional by 2015.
|F - Develop Strategy for Pollinator-Friendly Habitats
- The ministry is in the process of removing five weeds
from the Weeds Control Act which will enhance the
habitat for bees around corn and soybean fields.
- There is an opportunity for government and industry, including
the recently announced chair in pollinator conservation
at the University of Guelph (December 2013), to work collaboratively
on an Ontario Pollinator Health Strategy which will include
pollinator friendly habitats.
|G - Investigate Modifications for Air Planters
- Ministry staff are working closely with industry partners
to increase growers' ability to access air planter deflector
kits prior to Spring (2014) planting.
- A guidance document to assist growers to make modifications
to their planters has been developed and widely circulated
across Ontario by OMAF, agri-business, the Ontario Soil
and Crop Improvement Association and the farm press.
- Producers who need to modify planters may apply to GF2
for funding support.
|H - Promote ISO Standard for Air
- The Association of Equipment Manufacturers is leading
the development of the standard.
- The ISO standard is expected to be in place by 2015 for
application by manufacturers in 2016
|I - Stakeholders Promote New Fluency Powder
- The PMRA has made the new fluency agent mandatory for
all seed lubrication for the spring of 2014.
|J - Update the Ontario Pesticide Safety Course
- The Ontario Pesticide Safety Course has been updated with
new information related to protecting pollinators.
- Over 5,300 growers have been trained for this growing
season on the updated information.
- Over the five year certification cycle, more than 22,000
growers are expected to receive training on the revised
|K - Encourage Crop Rotation
- This is a standard cropping systems recommendation that
is widely implemented across Ontario.
|L - Require Grower Consultation Prior to Purchasing
Neonicotinoid Treated Seeds
- Extensive effort, both by OMAF and by the agricultural
input industry (e.g., seed and pesticide) has been made
to have certified crop advisors, agricultural input industry
representatives and growers aware of the recommended BMPs.
- The Ministry funded Soil Borne Insect Guide, which will
contain descriptions of insects, thresholds and scouting
suggestions, will enable certified crop advisors and the
agricultural input industry to be able to provide their
growers with information to assist in decisions about the
need for seed treatment.
|M - Consider a Temporary Ban of Neonicotinoids
- The Ministry will host a forum with other jurisdictions
including France, Italy, England and Australia to better
understand how and why decisions were made regarding restricting
or not restricting neonicotinoid seed treatments and what
their experience has been.
- The Pest Management Regulatory Agency is expediting the
re-evaluation of all uses of neonicotinoid insecticides
and is implementing measures under its jurisdiction to protect
pollinators until the review is complete.