Farmers Encouraged To Proactively Reduce Known Risk To Pollinators Using Integrated Pest Management

Non-Insecticide Treated Corn And Soybean Seed Available

The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food, Grain Farmers of Ontario and the Canadian Seed Trade Association are encouraging farmers to take proactive steps to protect pollinators during the 2014 planting season. Seed treatments that include neonicotinoids are an important tool for protecting seedlings, but as with other inputs, we encourage farmers to use these only when needed.

The Canadian Seed Trade Association and Grain Farmers of Ontario have worked together to encourage seed companies to offer non-insecticide treated seed for a wider range of corn and soybean varieties to producers as the next planting season approaches. Seed dealers can support farmers in making appropriate seed treatment decisions based on farmers' risk factors.

With the deadline for ordering non-insecticide treated seed fast approaching, farmers are encouraged to:

  • understand their insect risk before ordering seed;
  • where the insect risk is minimal, consider using seed treated with fungicide only;
  • be aware of post-emergent treatment options for pests in case treatment for insect control is necessary;
  • ask their seed dealer for help in determining seed treatment options;
  • visit for Best Management Practices, and for more information to minimize the potential risk to bees.

Pollinators play an important role in maintaining a healthy and productive agri-food sector. Bee health is complex, with many variables affecting bee and pollinator well-being including pests, diseases, nutrition, climate and pesticides.

One step farmers can take to reduce the risk to pollinators during the 2014 planting season is to consider integrated pest management options and order non-insecticide treated seed when insect risk is minimal.


Grain Farmers of Ontario
519-767-6537 or 1-800-265-0550

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Canadian Seed Trade Association

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For more information:
Toll Free: 1-877-424-1300