Monday, October 26, 2015

Grain farmers face seed treatment decisions

Grain farmers will have to decide soon whether they will order seed that’s treated with neonicitinoid insecticide for spring planting.

If they intend to use treated seed, they will need to follow government rules which require them to prove their fields are infected with pests that pose a significant threat to the crop they intend to plant.

The new requirements came into effect July 1 and on Friday the Superior Court of Ontario denied a request from Grain Farmers of Ontario to delay implementation until further consultations can be completed.

Grain Farmers of Ontario contends that the regulations are not fair and not necessary to reduce the risk that neonicitinoid seed treatments will decimate bee colonies.

Bee keepers and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs contend that the regulations are necessary and fair.

Mark Brock, president of Grain Farmers of Ontario, said the association intends to pursue other legal options.