Although farmers would be planting, this week marks another important opportunity for farmers to engage in the future of their family farms.
Several commonly used neonicotinoids and pesticides are currently being reviewed by the EPA. It is critical that farmers stay engaged in the registration review process to have important crop protection tools like Roundup, Poncho VOTiVO, and Cruiser remain available for their use. To that end, IL Corn encourages farmers to submit comments to the EPA regarding the importance these tools have on your farm by this Saturday, April 21, 2018.
You can easily comment in favor of glyphosate (contained in Roundup) here: https://www.protectglyphosate.com/?coId=3
To comment in favor of Imidacloprid, Clothianidin (VOTiVO), and Thiamethoxam (Cruiser), click the links and follow the directions given. You can submit the same comments to each docket.
Because EPA receives many comments from environmental groups about restricting neonics, it’s important for the Agency to hear from people who use these products. As a farmer or a landowner, you have valuable information that will help EPA understand the importance of neonicotinoids to your operation.
- How many acres do you farm? Where is the farm located (city or county)? What kinds of crops do you grow?
- How do you use these products: seed treatment, foliar application and/or soil application?
- Why do you use these insecticides? How do they benefit your farming operation?
- If these products were no longer available for use, what effect would that have on how you farm: What other products would you need to use? Would you need to change from seed treatment/soil applications to foliar sprays? Would you need to spray more often, etc.?
- Consider closing with: “We know these are preliminary risk assessments. We trust EPA will refine, as necessary, based on sound science and field data and think through IPM and resistance management requirements.”
Thank you for working with us to keep as many tools as possible available for Illinois corn farmers!