New year, new regulations. Here is what you need to know before the 2017 growing season:
This will be the second year with the Neonicotinoid regulations in place for Ontario Corn and Soybean growers. These new requirements are being phased in to help growers adapt to the new policies when it comes to growing corn or soybeans with neonicotinoid insecticide treatments. We wanted to take the time help our valued customers plan for the 2017 growing season.
Throughout 2016: IPM training continues for free until April 30, 2017 if growers intend to plant NNI treated corn or soybean seed after August 31, 2016.
Growers will be required to 1) provide their IPM training number to their seed vendors, 2) complete a written declaration that IPM principles have been considered and 3) complete a pest assessment in either the form of:
- soil inspection pest assessment report which must be completed by an IPM-trained grower or professional pest advisor or
- crop inspection pest assessment report to be completed by a professional pest adviser.
In the past year, all farmers could do soil pest scouting, perform a pest assessment and prepare a report. Starting August 31, 2016 until August, 31, 2017, farmers will be able to perform a pest assessment and prepare a report if they if they have a certificate number from completion of the new integrated pest management (IPM) training.
Below you will find the PDF version of the Pest Assessment Report Instructions as well as the actual Pest Assessment Report: