Planning for the 2018 Growing Season

(exerpt from OMAFRA Field Crop Team - September 28, 2017 from fieldcropnews.com)

Schedule 1 Begins for Phased-In Professional Pest Advisors (PPA): Fall is a great time to scout for wireworms and grubs. If you require a Pest Assessment Report (PAR) for the purchase of Class 12 Pesticides (NNI treated corn and soybean seed) for next year’s growing season. A PAR is valid for 12 months from the time the assessment was completed. 

Anyone certified through the IPM course at www.ipmcertified.ca can conduct the PAR each year until the year that their farm property lands within one of the schedules.

Schedule 1 begins on August 31, 2017 until August 30, 2018. Those farm properties that are in the counties listed under Schedule 1 will require a PPA to conduct their next Pest Assessment Report (See Table 1, below). This does not mean that a PAR is revoked and a new one is required. However, once the PAR expires after 12 months, the next PAR must be completed by a PPA. 

Also beginning on August 31, 2017, the regulation requires that the professional pest advisor be financially independent. This means he/she cannot receive a specific financial incentive (above and beyond their salary or commission) to promote the sale of Class 12 pesticide-treated corn or soybean seed over the sale of non-Class 12 seed.

More information on who qualifies as a Professional Pest Advisor can be found at www.ontario.ca.

Table 1:  Professional Pest Advisor Reuqirement Phase-In
Date Schedule Counties or Regions
Aug 31, 2017 Schedule 1 Dufferin, Frontenac, Halton, Lambton, Middlesex, Muskoka, Prince Edward, Stormont, Dundas, Glengarry, Toronto, Wellingon
Aug 31, 2018 Schedule 2 Bruce, Elgin, Grey, Haldimand, Hamilton, Huron, Nipissing, Norfolk, Ottawa, Oxford, Peel, Sudbury, Waterloo
Aug 31, 2019 Schedule 3 Algoma, Brant, Chatham-Kent, Cochrane, Durham, Essex, Haliburton, Hastings, Kawartha Lakes, Kenora, Lanark, Leeds and Grenville, Lennox and Addington, Manitoulin, Niagara, Northumberland, Parry Sound, Perth, Peterborough, Prescott and Russell, Rainy River, Renfrew, Simcoe, Thunder Bay, Timiskaming, York