Every Ontario farmer who grows any field crop, tender fruit, vegetable or other specialty crops is asked to fill out a confidential survey of crop protection products used during 2014. This confidential survey is being conducted by Farm & Food Care Ontario on behalf of the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA). This 2014 initiative is an extension of the 2013 survey.
Government, commodity boards and researchers use the information from the survey summary to help improve minor use pesticide registration lists, to work toward safer use of pesticides and to understand trends in use and the types of crop protection products used, Farm & Food Care Ontario says.
The survey is anonymous. Only a respondent’s county, crop type, crop protection products used, acres applied and also acres where no pesticides are applied or organic practices are used are entered in the data base. You can fill in data periodically throughout the growing season as products are used on a field or enter data one time at the end of the season.
The 2014 survey template is available in an online format at www.ontariopesticidesurvey.ca. Farm & Food Care will also accept mail-in, fax or email returns of the survey. Contact Environmental Program Lead Bruce Kelly at Farm & Food Care: [email protected] or 519-837-1326, if you need to fill the survey out that way.
Data collection will continue until February 13, 2015.