Most neonics are used as seed treatment.

Pesticide regulation changes move ahead

Amendments will allow for less paperwork when using neonicotinoids

Reading Time: 2 minutes Farmers trying to access corn and soybean seed treated with neonicotinoid insecticides still must submit evidence showing the technology is required on their farms. However, the Ontario government says it has enacted regulatory amendments designed to reduce paperwork and redundancy in the application process. Spokespeople from the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks (MOECP) say […] Read more

Neonic insecticides are very often used when planting corn and soybeans.

Neonic paperwork burden reduced

There will be less requirement for regular renewals of risk assessment processes

Reading Time: 2 minutes Ontario’s government is streamlining the regulations around neonicotinoid insecticides and that should reduce the amount of paperwork required to manage the seed treatment. The changes will also decrease the need for using certified assessors to evaluate the need for the insecticides, also known as neonics. Why it matters: The large amount of paperwork involved in […] Read more

The study was recently published in Science and has concluded that imidacloprid is a threat to songbirds, said Margaret Eng, a post-doctoral fellow in the University of Saskatchewan’s Toxicology Centre and lead author of the study.

New neonic study points to songbird decline

The research, conducted in Ontario, says the insecticide suppresses appetite, disrupting migration

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – The findings of a University of Saskatchewan and York University study may affect the fate of insecticide seed treatments in Canada. The study, which was published Sept. 13 in the scientific journal Science, has concluded that imidacloprid is a threat to songbirds. White crowned sparrows that consumed seeds coated with the insecticide […] Read more

Health Canada has released its final decision on neonic insecticides and their potential impact on bees and other pollinators. The department will take several steps to reduce the risk to bees, but neonic seed treatments will not be affected.

Neonic seed treatments seen as safe for bees

Health Canada ruling yet to come on safety for aquatic insects

Reading Time: 2 minutes For years, groups like the David Suzuki Foundation and the Ontario Beekeepers Association have argued that neonicotinoid seed treatments represent a systemic threat to bees. “Health Canada… will be cancelling some uses of these pesticides, and changing other conditions of use such as restricting the timing of application,” a department news release said. “Remaining uses […] Read more

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Aphid Advisor crop-scouting app updated

The app now makes it easier for crowd-sourced data to help make decisions on whether to spray

Reading Time: 3 minutes There’s been an evolution over the past few years in the way Ontario’s soybean farmers view the sharing of data online, say developers of some just-released updates to the Ontario-based Aphid Advisor crop-scouting app. Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) Field Crops Entomologist Tracey Baute says there are now fully updated versions […] Read more


Corn growers have a alternatives to neonics, but fewer options in soybeans.

Neonic use dropping faster than provincial data shows

Reading Time: 3 minutes Crop industry sources say Ontario’s environment ministry data understates the decline of  neonicotinoid insecticides used on corn since 2014. The ministry says use has dropped only 22 per cent whereas industry estimates put the decline generally at over 30 per cent and higher in some areas. Why it matters: The province has set a goal […] Read more