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Bee Protected
Pam Smith DTN\Progressive Farmer Crops Technology Editor
Mon Dec 9, 2013 04:18 PM CST

DECATUR, Ill. (DTN) -- A new technology designed to lower planting dust is showing promise limiting pollinator exposure. Bayer CropScience has developed a new fluency agent aimed at answering concerns associated with the use of talc when planting treated seed.

The use of lubricants, such as talc or graphite, is a standard recommendation by planter equipment manufacturers to help reduce friction and improve planting uniformity. However, dust emissions during planting of seed treated with insecticides and fungicides have been implicated in honey bee death and decline. It's thought foraging bees come in contact with the contaminated talc that lands on ...

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