Using neonicotinoid seed treatments
Dr. John Gavloski, field crop entomologist with Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development, recently writes that neonicotinoid-based seed treatment is most likely to be beneficial when there is a high risk of flea beetles (in canola), wireworms, or seedcorn maggots causing economic damage to the crop.
Gavloski says that through a responsible use program and careful attention to how seeds are applied, many of the risks of neonicotinoid insecticides can be minimized. But using neonicotinoids as "insurance" if the risk of damage by these insects is low, is not likely to be the most economical choice in most years.
Read more here: Guidelines for Responsible Use of Neonicotinoid Seed Treatments.
January 15, 2014 By Top Crop Manager