It seems the problem is with treated seed. When the seed is being planted, the grain drills abrade the seed causing a toxic dust that drifts onto the surrounding foliage and nectar/pollen sources. They have pretty well documented the devastaing effect it has had on nearby beehives. It appears that a lot of testing went into proving that the plants emerging from the treated seed did not present a danger to pollenators, but it would seem that they overlooked (or ignored) a pretty important undesirable side effect of they way the seed is planted using grain drills or similar planting equipment.
Last edited by Gene Weitzel; 05-27-2008 at 03:19 PM.
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