Ray McAllister, Ph.D., senior director, regulatory policy, CropLife America issued the following statement in regards to EPA's recent report that neonicotinoids provide little to no benefit for soybeans as a seed treatment.

"CropLife America is currently reviewing the recent report issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) examining the benefits of neonicotinoid seed treatments for soybean production. Seed treatments, including neonicotinoid insecticides, provide numerous benefits to growers in the U.S. and abroad.

"EPA acknowledges that the data sources for their analysis are incomplete. We believe that a much more positive account of the value of seed treatments will emerge when a more robust body of information is considered following the announced comment period.

"When applied as seed treatments, insecticides, including neonicotinoids, can effectively control insect pests during a plant's most vulnerable stages of development. The responsible use of insecticides by means of treated seeds offers a precise method of delivery, while minimizing potential exposure to growers, applicators, non-target species and the environment."