Effective stewardship is crucial to demonstrating our professional and responsible use of seed treatments and follow-up sprays. Simply, we must all handle products carefully and according to recommended guidelines – and be seen to be doing so.
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Directive 2010/21/EU Part A restriction. For the protection of non-target organisms, in particular honey bees and birds, for use as a seed treatment:
Seed treatments are so simple to use, it is easy to forget that they are pesticides and that sowing seeds needs the same care as spraying pesticides. Cereals seeds pose a special risk because they are a potential food source for many birds and small mammals. On farm, the main risks come from:
Cover all seeds
Care after drilling
Bayer reacted strongly to the announcement by Secretary of State for DEFRA, Michael Gove MP that he will 'in principle' support the European Commission's proposal to ban the use of neonicotinoid seed treatments in non-flowering crops.
Dr Julian Little shares his response to the latest UK Biodiversity Indicator for 2017.