Farmer Voice: Take Action by November 13

October 31, 2018

A proposed ban on seed treatments would leave canola farmers with fewer options for preventing flea beetle infestations. Send this email today to tell the federal government about the impact this ban would have on your farm.

Background

In August 2018, the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) proposed banning all outdoor uses of:

  • clothianidin, also known as ProsperTM, PonchoTM, Stress ShieldTM; and
  • thiamethoxam, also known as HelixTM, Cruiser MaxxTM.

These products are used as seed treatments on a majority of canola seed. They are very effective at controlling flea beetle populations and a ban would have profound effects on the farm. If the PMRA moves forward with a phase-out, they would not be available after 2024.*

The PMRA is accepting comments on its proposal to ban clothianidin and thiamethoxam until Tuesday, November 13. Farmers have until that date to explain how important these seed treatments are to their operations.

*Note that the PMRA has also proposed to ban the use of lambda-cyhalothrin (MatadorTM, SilencerTM) on canola, which is one of the main foliar spray alternatives to seed treatments.

CLICK HERE to be redirected to the Canadian Canola Growers Association webpage that with a form that allows you to quickly let your voice be heard.

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