Growing Corn and Soybeans in 2017
Information on Neonics taken from: http://www.ontario.ca/neonics
On or after August 31, 2016, in preparation for the 2017 planting season, if farmers want to buy and use any amount of neonicotinoid-treated seeds, they will be required to:
- Complete the new integrated pest management (IPM) training
- Complete a pest assessment report
- Sign a declaration called an IPM Written Declaration Form stating that they have considered IPM principles
Farmers will need to submit these pieces of information, along with their IPM training certificate number, to the sales representative or seed vendor, including direct-to-farm seed vendors, from whom they purchased the seeds or to the custom seed treater used for treating seeds with neonicotinoids.
They can only plant neonicotinoid-treated seeds in the application area (or areas) on their farm property identified in their pest assessment report or seed amount declaration.
Farmers will still be responsible for complying with the regulation and must follow the same requirements and timelines as they would if they were buying seeds from a vendor/treated seed sales representative. All relevant documentation will need to be provided to the custom seed treater.
There are no requirements for using non-treated seed or fungicide-only treated seed. Using non-treated seed can help protect pollinators and reduce the impact of neonicotinoids on the environment.
This information is provided by Lockie Farms as it becomes available to us. We do not, as a company, provide pest assessments, set traps or fill out any necessary paperwork and documentation to prove compliancy to the provincial government. It is also the sole discretion of the producer to ensure they have the most accurate and up to date information on neonicotinoids. Lockie Farms is available as a resource to current seed customers to provide a forum to ask questions and review paperwork that producers have filled out.
Starting August 31, 2017
– A Professional Pest Advisor must conduct a soil pest assessment every third year for each field you wish to plant Neonic treated seed in specific counties listed in the regulations. Counties across the province will staggered in the requirement to use a third party assessor. We are in Schedule 3, therefore we will need a professional Pest Advisor on and after Aug 31, 2019 for 2020 planting. Other counties will require third party assessment for 2018 planting. Until then and in the years between using a third party assessor, you will be required to do a self-assessment and submit this in order to use neonicotinoid treated seed.
– Failure to comply with these new regulations may result in a $10,000/day fine for every day you are not in compliance. The MOE uses a compliance grid which can start with a warning depending on the situation but the grid does allow for a fine with the initial violation.
If you have any questions please direct them to either email address below:
Ministry of Environment and Climate Change
The more questions the MOE or OMAFRA gets the more they might realize the regulations are vague and unreasonable.