Grain Farmers of Ontario on new bee death information

GUELPH, ON (September 4, 2012) – Grain Farmers of Ontario is interested and following the recent updates surrounding the  potential impact of the Bayer and Syngenta seed treatments on bee kills earlier this year.

Earlier this week, a spokesperson from Bayer CropScience in Ottawa released a report about an active substance found in seed treatments that may be connected to the bee kills. However it is too early to correctly pinpoint the exact cause. The unseasonably warm and dry spring this year is also a factor to consider in this case with more bee activity than previous cold and wet springs.

“Although the investigation is still in an early stage, Grain Farmers of Ontario is extremely interested in the findings and how they might impact bee production and corn growers across the province,” says Kevin Armstrong, director for Grain Farmers of Ontario. “Farmers must take everything into consideration before making any decisions in the situation going forward and we look forward to the updates as they become available.” 

When more results are known, Grain Farmers of Ontario plans to relay the information to our members in the hope of aiding the Ontario Bee Keepers Association of Ontario and Ontario’s grain farmers with another successful planting season in 2013.

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Grain Farmers of Ontario is the province’s largest commodity organization, representing Ontario’s 28,000 corn, soybean and wheat farmers. The crops they grow cover 6 million acres of farm land across the province, generate over $2.5 billion in farm gate receipts, result in over $9 billion in economic output and are responsible for over 40,000 jobs in the province.


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