Pollinator Week emphasizes looking at all bee stresses

June 21, 2016

From: AgProfressional

By Rich Keller, Editor, Ag Professional

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“What we know so far is that there are a handful of issues that can cause problems for bees.┬áSevere weather, pests and disease, lack of forage and nutrition, lack of genetic diversity and incidental pesticide exposure may all be causing problems,” said Carson Klosterman, a farmer from Wyndmere, N.D., and member of NCGA’s Production and Stewardship Action Team.

Klosterman says neonicotinoid seed treatments are actually a good way to limit incidental pesticide exposure because of how and when they are used. For instance, farmers are switching to a pinpoint treatment of insecticide on seed at planting time, rather than a broad spectrum treatment later in the growing season when bees are more active. According to the NCGA and Klosterman, the neonicotinoids have three other distinct advantages:

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