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AREA NEWS and Events MarchEastCentral2013.pdf 965 kb. Add the
OSCIA News and Crop Talk links below for the same as mailed copy
April 9 Durham SCIA Spring Meeting, at Jim and Dave Smith's Shop. Contact: Tom Barrie 905-623-6330
East Central Scholarships ,
Criteria: Students living in the East Central area Durham, Haliburton, Peterborough, Victoria, York
- enrolled in their 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year at a post-secondary institution or an agricultural college.
Four scholarships in the amount of $1000 - selection takes into account academic performance,
leadership, contribution to community, involvement in rural youth organizations with emphasis on
conservation and environmental goals.
Applications accepted until December 31, 2013
Got a project? - Need some financial assistance?
Your 4-H or Soil and Crop Association can apply for up to $1100 towards the project.
Applications may be made to the East Central Region Soil and Crop Improvement Association for up to $750 for Soil & Crop or 4-H projects in the East Central area. Decision to accept the project will reflect the mandate of the East Central Soil & Crop Improvement Association.
a) To encourage the adoption of such soil and crop management practices that are best suited to the soil and climatic conditions of the Region.
b) To organize, coordinate, sponsor, and facilitate with projects and outreach on a regional basis that 'Communicate and Facilitate the Economic Management of Soil, Water, Air and Crops' through field days, special meetings, field crop demonstrations, or other activities as decided upon by the Directors.
c) To co-operate with other agricultural organizations of common interests.
Contact: Neil Moore 705-324-2594, firstname.lastname@example.org
A high level of concern was raised last spring regarding bee kills and corn planting. Many growers are asking what actions they can take to help reduce the risk of bee kills this spring during planting. We will try to clarify the situation, and give the best recommendations we can provide at this time.
In the spring of 2012, coinciding with corn planting, there were approximately 200 incidences of what was likely acute poisoning of honey bees in Ontario. Representatives from the Ministry of Environment (MOE), Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA), and OMAFRA investigated affected bee hives, taking bee samples for residue analysis by PMRA. Though final results have not been released, PMRA's initial lab results indicate "that pesticides used on treated corn seeds may have contributed to at least some of the 2012 spring bee losses that occurred in Ontario, however, there is still additional information being collected". It is important to note that they have found no cases of off-label use by growers. It is also Important to note that, though the analysis indicates the presence of clothianidin (active ingredient in Poncho), thiamethoxam (active ingredient in Cruiser) breaks down to metabolites that include clothianidin. Virtually all corn seed sold in Ontario is treated with some form of the insecticides in question.
Many factors may have contributed to these incidences. Environmental conditions and planting practices during the 2012 planting season may play a significant role. Unfortunately, without being present in each field at the time of planting to collect data, there may never be conclusive evidence as to route(s) of exposure to bees. However, results indicate that honey bees were somehow exposed to corn seed insecticides. So how can a bee come into contact with a seed insecticide during planting?
One of the more likely routes is dust. Research from Purdue University and other jurisdictions in Europe have found evidence that dust coming from the exhaust of high pressure air-assisted corn planters contained particles of neonicotinoid (eg. Poncho or Cruiser) seed insecticides. Many factors can contribute to the contamination of the dust including abrasion of the seed from the planter lubricant (eg. talc), quality and formulation of the polymer seed coating (sticker), and rough handling of the seed bags causing chaffing of the seed coat. Planting on dry, windy days may also help to carry the "fugitive dust" greater distances. Bees can come into contact with the contaminated dust while flying across the field during planting or from the dust settling on water sources or nearby flowers that they are foraging on.
What can corn producers do to help reduce the risk of bee kills when planting? The following are actions that should help reduce the production of contaminated dust during planting, and consequently (hopefully) reduce the exposure of bees to this dust. There is no guarantee that these actions will prevent bee kills from happening during planting. Many of these are best management practices that growers should be following anyway, given they are applying pesticides when planting treated seed.
Note: Any suspect bee kill incident taking place during spring planting in Ontario in 2013, should be reported to Linda McIntosh, Regional Manager - Pesticide Compliance Program - Health Canada at:
Linda McIntosh, Regional Manager Pesticide Compliance Program - Health Canada 255 Woodlawn Rd W, Unit 109 Guelph ON, N1H 8J1 phone: 519-826-2895
|EAST CENTRAL Executive|
|1st Vice||Jim Buck||705-696-2567|
|2nd Vice||Tom Barrie||905-623-6330|
|Past Pres||Peter Orr||905-859-0271|
|OSCIA Director||Don Oliver||705-742-2147|
|Regional Communication Coordinator||Neil Moore||705-324-2594|
|Other Directors Jim Smith, Brian DeJong, Frank Hoftyzer, Francis Crowley, Jeff Steiner, Tom Patterson, Wayne Daniels, Bruce McKeown, Joel Bagg, Jack Kyle|
|Local Association - President - Sec/Treas|
|Durham||Brian DeJong||Tom Barrie|
|Peterborough||Francis Crowley||Jim Buck|
|Victoria(CKL)||Bruce McKeown||Wayne Daniels|
|York||Chris Burkholder||Tom Patterson|