Research is underway with a team at Ridgetown campus, U. of G. to investigate insect presence (grubs, wireworms) in on-farm trials with treated seed (neonicotinoid insecticides) versus non-treated. The study is also investigating drift of planting dust unto surrounding trees/shrubs. The final field season of the 4 year trial will take place in 2017.

Key research recommendations for producers:

  1. Ensure pesticides stay on the seed by using approved fluency agents and polymers;
  2. Avoid abrasive seed lubricants;
  3. Filter and redirect planter exhaust dust into the soil;
  4. Ensure clean air flows through the vacuum intakes, and;
  5. Practice conservation tillage to minimize soil movement.

CLICK HERE for the summary of research findings to date (October 2016)