• The company plans to evaluate the new system on 200,000 acres of corn in the United States and Canada during 2013.
Bayer CropScience has announced plans for conducting large-scale field studies this season to evaluate its new seed application technology, which is designed to reduce potential dust exposure to honey bees.
The use of lubricants, such as talc or graphite, is a standard recommendation by seed planter manufacturers to reduce friction and improve planting uniformity, but such additions can result in airborne dust particles that could potentially expose foraging honey bees to small traces of insecticides if they were to come in contact with them.
The new lubricant system developed by Bayer CropScience has been shown in tests to dramatically reduce this potential exposure when compared to existing alternatives.
Speaking at the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Pollinator Summit, as part of a diverse group of stakeholders, including members of the crop protection industry, equipment manufacturing companies, researchers, beekeepers, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Bayer’s Director of Product Development, Seed Growth, Bill Hairston, reported airborn dust reductions of up to 90 percent when using the new lubrication system.
“Our initial work in the laboratory and limited field trials over the past two years has been very promising,” he noted. ”We are very fortunate to be working with all of the major equipment manufacturers in expanding the scope of our research.” The company plans to evaluate the new system on 200,000 acres of corn in the United States and Canada during 2013.
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