Code of Practice to Prevent Bee Poisoning in Fresh Market Sweet Corn
It is important to protect bees when spraying insecticides. Honeybees, as well as other bees and insects, are important crop pollinators. Bees often visit sweet corn fields to collect water and pollen, especially during dry years, when wild sources of pollen become less available.
Most organophosphate and carbamate insecticides are highly toxic to bees.
Communication between sweet corn growers and beekeepers is vital to help prevent bee poisonings associated with sweet corn. Actions are required on the part of both the beekeeper and the grower in order to prevent hive and crop losses.
Sweet corn growers:
If a natural water source is not available, provide supplemental water to the colonies to discourage them from entering corn fields to collect water from the leaf axils. To allow bees to land without drowning, place floating sticks in a shallow tub of water.
Notwithstanding this code of practice, beekeepers and pesticide users are reminded to ensure compliance with all relevant legislation.
In order to facilitate communications, copies of this Code of Practice will be sent to all registered beekeepers in Southwestern Ontario. A copy of the Code of Practice will accompany all purchases of Furadan insecticide. It will also be posted on the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs website.
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