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EU to ban pesticides that harm bees

The European Union made a key breakthrough on Friday to completely ban pesticides that harm bees and their crop pollination.

The 28 member states got a large majority, representing some three-quarters of its population, backing the ban on the three prevalent neonicotinoid pesticides which will take effect at the end of the year. The decision builds on a limited ban which has been in effect since 2013. Continue reading

Educational film showcases BMPs for protecting pollinators

In Southeast Farm Press

The Coalition for Urban/Rural Environmental Stewardship (CURES), with support from Syngenta, has released an educational film showcasing best-management practices (BMPs) for protecting pollinators on farms and urban landscapes.

“Because farmland treated for pests is often shared by pollinators, it is important to help farmers and pesticide applicators understand how best to control damaging crop pests, while minimizing the impact on pollinators,” said Parry Klassen, executive director, CURES, and the film’s producer and narrator. “Additionally, proper pesticide use should protect pollinators’ forage and habitat.” Continue reading

Syngenta representative says that herbicides are not enough for weed control

In Southeast Farm Press

by John Hart, Southeast Farm Press

The clear takeaway message: Farmers can’t rely on herbicides alone to control tough weeds.

Farm journalists from across the country received a short course in managing resistant weeds during the Syngenta Media Summit held Oct. 28 at the Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary, N.C. Continue reading

Syngenta launches survey on weeds

Syngenta is launching the 2016 survey of the most common and troublesome weeds in the U.S. and Canada.  This year’s survey will focus on weeds in broadleaf cropping systems (i.e. alfalfa, canola, cotton, etc..), fruit & nut crops, and vegetables. The survey is open to ALL members of weed science societies in the U.S. and Canada.

Survey link:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2016weeds Continue reading

Industry challenges EPA’s claim about neonicotinoid benefits

In a video on Delta Farm Press, Jay Vroom from CropLife America explains why several industry groups are challenging EPA’s statement several weeks ago that neonicotinoids have no benefit to soybean yields.

UK research focusing on bringing back pollinators

Golf courses may provide a haven to rebuild dwindling pollinator populations which in turn could boost ecosystem health and benefit everyone, said researchers in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture.

In a project called Operation Pollinator, Emily Dobbs, a graduate student in entomology, and her adviser, UK entomology Professor Dan Potter, are working with five Lexington golf courses to attract pollinators and monarch butterflies by establishing areas of native wildflowers.

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Clean equipment helps stop spread of weeds

From Delta Farm Press

There are plenty of reasons to keep machinery clean — improved performance, longer working life — but here’s one that might not be high on a grower’s radar: stopping the spread of weeds.

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