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CWB announces 2011-12 final payments

CWB is issuing final payments to farmers for the wheat, durum wheat and barley delivered during the 2011-12 crop year.

Final and total payments for base grades basis Vancouver or St. Lawrence are 1 CWRS, 12.5 per cent $13.79/$290.49; 1 CWAD, 12.5 per cent $14.54/$345.24 and Select CW Two-Row barley $16.34/$312.94. A full list is available at www.cwb.ca.

Direct deposits will be made to farmers’ accounts on February 26. Farmers who receive payment by cheque can expect to begin receiving them in the mail on March 7.

Farmers who wish to defer their payments have until February 22 to notify CWB by calling 1-800-275-4292 with their PIN and eight-digit Customer Number. Producers can also defer payments online through CWB 2011-12 e-Services.

Syngenta and Bayer pesticides pose honeybee threat

brussells / reuters / Three widely used pesticides made by Syngenta and Bayer pose an acute risk to honeybees, according to the European Union’s food safety watchdog.

While it stopped short of linking them to bee colony collapse, the watchdog said harmful pesticide residues in the pollen and nectar of plants treated with neonicotinoid insecticides meant that they should only be used on crops not attractive to honeybees, such as sugar beet. That would exclude their use on maize, rapeseed and sunflower crops.

The three pesticides are clothianidin and imidacloprid, both primarily produced by Bayer CropScience, and Syngenta’s thiamethoxam, the active ingredient in Cruiser OSR.

Bees also face an acute risk from exposure to drifting pesticide dust following sowing of cereal seeds treated with the chemicals, including wheat and barley, authorities said.

Bayer CropScience said the new findings contradict previous ones.

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