Last week, the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) submitted comments to EPA regarding the use of neonicotinoids by wheat farmers.

EPA was accepting comments on a study, which concluded that there is no benefit to soybean production from the use of neonicotinoids.

In their comments, NAWG supported the continued us of neonicotinoids by wheat producers, reminding that it is the only EPA approved and labeled product for wheat to treat certain pests.

A study Assessing the Value of Neonicotinoids in North American Agriculture by AgInformatics found that if wheat growers did not have the use of neonicotinoids, the increased cost per planted acre would be $2.76 for winter wheat and $1.97 for spring wheat.

EPA is currently reviewing the insecticide class of neonicotinoids, but the release of the specific study for comment in the Federal Register was an unusual step.

A copy of the NAWG letter can be found here.