(NAFB)--The National Corn Growers Association, American Seed Trade Association, CropLife America, the American Farm Bureau Federation, American Soybean Association and Agricultural Retailers Association have worked together to release the Seed Treatment Stewardship Guide. The publication provides farmers and seed companies with critical information and up-to-date guidelines for managing treated seeds effectively to minimize the risk of exposure to pollinators and other non-target organisms. NCGA President Pam Johnson says the guide will be an invaluable resource and encourages all corn growers to refer to it before, during and after the corn planting season.
NCGA Production and Stewardship action Team Chair Dean Taylor says pollinator protection is a high priority for NCGA. He says the group continues to work closely with USDA and the Environmental Protection Agency to ensure minimal environmental impact while protecting corn yields. The guide contains recommendations for such processes as planting of treated seeds, safe use of seed treatment products, safe handling and transport of seeds, selection of treatment products, treated seed labeling and the storage of treated seeds. A seed treatment glossary and exhaustive list of resources are included as well.
Earlier this year - USDA and EPA published a report indicating multiple causes of colony collapse disorder and declining bee populations. The report noted that neonicotinoid seed treatments have been linked to some instances of bee deaths - but that the decline in honey bee health is a complex problem caused by a combination of stressors.
The Seed Treatment Stewardship Guide is intended as an educational toll and as general guidance to assist product users in voluntarily developing and implementing stewardship practices related to the use of seed treatments and treated seed. It is meant to serve as a reference document only.