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There are concerns with possible bee kills from the use of neonicotinoid seed treatments when planting corn. The neonicotinoids, when applied to the seed, get mixed with the talc that is used to allow seeds to flow more easily in the planters, and then the insecticides plus talc enter the environment during planting or when the seed boxes are cleaned. This “dust” can settle on flowering plants and weeds that bees will use for forage, or perhaps contact the bees or nearby hives directly resulting in bee mortality.
From Southeast Farm Press
There are many management efforts you can take before your corn seed goes into the ground.
Some of these actions are simply insurance and some of them, like your choice of hybrid, are the best insect management decision choices you’ll make all year.
Here are some things you may want to consider for slugs, sugarcane beetle, wireworms, billbugs, and grubs:
Previous research studies have shown poultry litter applications have many benefits for corn and soybean producers, but these benefits have not been quantified or integrated into one comprehensive research study. UK College of Agriculture researchers are doing just that.
PRINCETON, Ky., (July 24, 2012) – University of Kentucky College of Agriculture specialists will host the first field day dedicated to corn, soybeans and tobacco from 7:30 a.m. CDT until noon Aug. 9 at the UK Research Farm in Princeton.