Re: Are Neonic Really The Problem?
My opinion? As a commercial beekeeping veteran who keeps thousands of hives in "neonic country", systemic seed treatments are the least of your beekeeping worries. Concentrate on good beekeeping management and don't worry about the special interest groups picking and choosing through the latest round of statistics for proof of their point of view. Accept the basic premise that bees are insects, insecticides kill insects, insects destroy crops and farmers won't let their crops be destroyed. From a beekeeping perspective things were far worse prior to seed treatments which target insects feeding on the plant itself when accepted practice in the past was to foliar spray fields which resulted in the death of most every insect (along with a few birds and small animals) both good and bad that came in contact with the spray.
Last edited by jim lyon; 07-12-2017 at 08:09 AM.
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