Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Insecticide, Bees and Trees
So does anyone have pics, or any practical idea's for vac deflectors for a 16 row 1250 Case IH planter that would work without effecting the vac performance. Just looking for a solution not an debate on the issue, I just to need to address my neighbourly relations."
A friend in NW Ohio mentioned this website. Take a look at it. Obviously it is funded by the makers of those insecticides but these insecticides are legal according to label directions in many if not most countries. They are very important on crop seedling emergence to protect them from predators.
Bee colony collapse has been blamed on many things. First there was the Varohha Mites, then the African killer bees, and then everything known to man killing our honeybees, needed for pollination of plants.
I liked Still Learning's answer, "A solution reducing the drift of pesticide dust from planters is required in many countries in Europe.
Technically it is quite straight forward to solve the problem on a vacuum planter. Connect a large hose to the outlet of the fan. This hose ends with an "inverted funnel" close to the ground. This means that dust (including some chemicals from the seed treatment) will exit from the machine close to the ground with a low airspeed and thereby most of the particles will stay on the ground. Maybe this is good for the tractor driver too, but that's another topic.
What do you think?