He recommends the following to minimize exposure to honey bees during planting:
1. Farmers should be in communication about planting timing with local beekeepers.
2. Beekeepers should move hives during planting if possible.
3. Use the appropriate amount of talc to plant treated seed.
4. Do not clean planter equipment near fields.
For more information, read this recent ICM News article.
Honey bees exhibit neurotoxic symptoms when dosed with neonicotinoids. Dying bees have trouble flying, collecting food and getting back into the hive. Photo by John Obermeyer, Purdue Extension Entomology.