The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced a 60-day comment period on the “Benefits of Neonicotinoid Seed Treatments to Soybean Production” report, closing Dec. 22. This creates a window of opportunity for the agricultural industry to collectively and loudly respond to maintain choice for growers in the tools and technologies they use to produce healthy harvests.
Pest management is a significant part of a grower’s ability to maximize yield and profitability, and access to the newest insecticide technology is critical. Any action by the EPA to reduce these options could have a crippling impact on production.
As the largest selling insecticide class in the world, it’s important to consider: What would happen if neonicotinoids were no longer available?
Reports from a new study conducted by Ag Infomatics provide reliable, objective evidence of the benefits these products bring to modern pest management systems. You can view this information online at www.growingmatters.org.
Reports highlight grower perspectives such as:
- It’s not just about aphid control. You have to consider soil-borne pests.
- Loss of neonicotinoids would force growers to rely on less effective crop protection products.
- More foliar sprays of broad-spectrum insecticides would be used in place of targeted seed or soil treatments.
- Greenhouse gas emissions would increase due to additional field applications.
- No neonicotinoids would result in reduced crop yield and quality, disrupted pest management practices impacting beneficial insects including honey bees. This would NOT help honey bees.
- In some cases – citrus, soybean and wheat, for example – there are no suitable alternatives to manage invasive pests.
Growing Matters has created an online portal – www.AgVoice4Choice.com – to encourage engagement for those who want to learn more and send letters to their U.S. Congress persons. We need to activate industry allies and appreciate your support in sharing this site.