As the planting season is underway, the National Corn Growers Association launched its fourth-annual BeSure! Initiative. 

The national campaign is designed to promote best management practices when applying insecticides. 

Ag stakeholders appreciate how seed treatments and other products increase yields and boost revenue, but they also are committed to protecting bees and other wildlife. 

Some of the BMPs for growers include following directions on the label for appropriate storage, use, and disposal practices. 

When planting treated seed, use advanced seed flow lubricants that minimize dust. 

Some of the applicator practices include complying with all regulations when using registered pesticide products and ensuring proper employee training prior before application. 

Applicators should properly dispose of any unused product, rinse water, or seed treatment by following the label disposal instructions to minimize any potential environmental impact. 

For more information on best management practices to protect crops and wildlife while handling insecticides, go to

(Story Courtesy of the NAFB News Service)