Re: Bees, lies and evidence-based policy
A professional farmer would better be able to answer this but I can relate a relevant story from years before neonic seed treatments. My father in law,who was an excellent farmer, went out one morning to monitor his crops and found that, literally overnight, cutworms had leveled a great deal of his crop. I was there that morning and drove back out with him as he was assessing the damage. I remember him lamenting how random the destruction was and that the acerage that had been tilled prior to planting were generally ok but those where he had chosen the, then, new no till farming method was where the majority of the devastation occurred. My guess is that farmers plant so much treated seed because it's cheap and insect damage happens quickly and is impossible to predict.
Originally Posted by zhiv9
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