I’m big on “To Do Lists”. Some may even say I am obsessed with them. But they help me get things done. With the 2016 growing season approaching, it is a good time to review what the requirements are for using Class 12 pesticides (neonic treated corn and soybean seeds) in Ontario. Here is a “To Do” list for anyone wanting to purchase and plant neonic corn or soybean seed in Ontario.
BEFORE SEED DELIVERY THIS SPRING (2016):
- For seed delivery for this spring’s crop, all paperwork needs to be into your seed vendor(s)/rep(s). This includes:
- Seed Declaration Form if you are not planting more than 50% of your corn or soybean acres with neonic treated seed
- Inspection of Soil – Pest Assessment Report if you are planting more than 50% of your corn or soybean acres with neonic treated seed.
DURING THE 2016 GROWING SEASON AND PREPARING FOR 2017 GROWING SEASON:
- Complete the mandatory IPM Course for Corn and Soybeans before this fall, prior to ordering ANY neonic treated corn or soybean seed for 2017. The course is free if taken by August 31, 2016. More info at: www.ipmcertified.ca.
- Complete and submit your IPM Written Declaration Form to your seed vendor(s)/rep(s) that states IPM principles have been considered, and
- Complete and submit Inspection of Soil – Pest Assessment Report(s) for every 100 acres or less “plots” you intend to plant neonic treated corn or soybean seed in 2017. Neonic treated corn or soybean seed can only be planted in the application area (or areas) on the farm property(ies) identified in the pest assessment reports. Information on how to conduct a Pest Assessment can be found in the Pest Assessment Guide
- If you experience any stand loss this spring in untreated (non-neonic) areas of the field, get an Inspection of Crop- Pest Assessment Report completed by a Professional Pest Advisor.
More information on the regulation requirements can be found at: