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Co-operators wanted for on-farm corn trials

March 10, 2014, Ontario – OSCIA, in co-operation with OMAF and the University of Guelph (Ridgetown Campus), is looking for farm co-operators across Ontario willing to plant field-scale corn comparisons of neonicotinoid versus non-neonicotinoids. A combine width treated plot with neonics and a combine width of (non-neonics) fungicide only of the same corn variety will be required. (Contact your corn dealer to obtain a bag of each, one treated with a neonic product and the other bag non-treated – fungicide only.)

The objectives of these plots are:
1. To determine key early season pests in Ontario corn and develop risk maps, and;
2. To measure the economic impact of neonicotinoid seed treatments for early season
pest control.

The target is to establish 100 on-farm, field scale plots across Ontario. The variety you select doesn’t matter as long as it is suited to your heat unit area and the same variety is used for both treated and non-treated.

Full details and a specific plot layout with protocols are required, and information is available here. Contact 
Jocelyn Smith at Ridgetown with any further questions via e-mail at

March 10, 2014  By Top Crop Manager


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