Health Canada has announced its decision on three neonicotinoid pesticides saying yes to some uses and no to others. 

The Department says seed treatment is not expected to pose unacceptable risks to bees and pollinators, and will still be allowed.

However, they say they're phasing in some cancellations and conditions of other uses of the pesticides, where Health Canada Director General of Environmental Assessment, Scott Kirby, says there are alternatives available for the most part.

"We're looking at cancelling most soil treatments, we're looking at cancelling some foliar treatments, particularly on orchard and ornamental crops that are attractive to bees."

Health Canada says they did extensive research and review of the three neonics clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam in relation to their potential impact on bees and other pollinators.

Kirby says they're still evaluating the potential risk neonics pose to aquatic insects, and there's possibility for further cancellations.

The department expects to report these findings at the end of the year.

More Ag News

Corn Planting Expected To Start Next Week

Corn planting could get underway in Manitoba as early as next week. That from Morgan Cott, agronomist with the Manitoba Corn Growers Association. "The biggest concern I think is them [farmers] being…

Thailand Company To Purchase HyLife

Thailand's biggest agriculture conglomerate Charoen Pokphand Foods Pcl (CPF) has stated that it will acquire Manitoba-based pork producer HyLife for $498 million dollars. The deal would give CPF a…

Chinese Pork Production Down Significantly

Chinese pork production has dropped significantly due to the spread of African swine fever. Tyler Fulton is the director of risk management with Hams Marketing Services. "Chinese sources [have been]…

MFGA's Green Gold Program Launches 24th Year

The Manitoba Forage and Grasslands Association (MFGA) is launching Year 24 of its Green Gold alfalfa-monitoring program. 'Hay Day' is the best cut date when harvested pure alfalfa stands are at…

PembinaValleyOnline.com is your only local source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Login