CropLife America says farmers can cut risk to pollinators by following label directions for treated products

CropLife America (CLA) said March 26 it encourages growers to adopt methods to increase yields in a way that is sensitive to the environment.

As an example, CLA said, growers who are getting ready for the 2015 season should follow the label directions for all components of treated products, which are described in "The Guide to Seed Treatment Stewardship," jointly produced by the American Seed Trade Association and CLA along with a host of grower organizations. By adhering to these directions growers can cut the risk of exposure of seed treatments to pollinators.

“Spring planting is an essential time to use the best available tools and practices to promote crop growth,” CLA President and CEO Jay Vroom said. “The crop protection industry looks forward to continuing to work with growers, beekeepers, regulators and other stakeholders to help ensure that we all play a part in supporting bee health through stewardship and other efforts. When crop protection products are applied according to label directions, bee colonies should not experience any unreasonable adverse effects.”

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