There are not many people who have not heard of the neonicotinoid bee safety debate. Neonicotinoids (neonics) are a family of insecticides used mainly in treating seed. These include Poncho, Cruiser, Gaucho and many other products. Over the past few years there has been much debate over the use of these products and their involvement in an increasing number of bee kills.
Research indicated that the use of vacuum planters pose a significant risk to pollinators when drift of insecticide contaminated dust exhausts from these planters. Tracey Baute (OMAFRA) and Art Schaafsma (U of Guelph) presented at the Southwest Ag Conference (SWAC) on field studies they conducted into this connection.