Farmer Voice: Take Action by November 13
A proposed ban on seed treatments would leave canola farmers with fewer options for preventing flea beetle infestations. Follow this link to learn more and to send an email to tell the federal government about the impact this ban would have on your farm. The PMRA is accepting comments until November 13, 2018.
In August 2018, the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) proposed banning all outdoor uses of:
- clothianidin, also known as ProsperTM and PonchoTM; and
- thiamethoxam, also known as HelixTM and 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.