Report says popular insecticide-coated soybean seeds are overused

Bob Koch
January 30, 2016

[2/1/2016] More than half of all U.S. soybean farmers use seeds coated with an insecticide meant to protect the plant from its ­biggest foes. But a new report from a dozen public universities, including the University of Minnesota, says the coatings are providing few if any benefits in most cases, while raising expenses for farmers and affecting the surrounding environment in negative ways... a co-author, University of Minnesota entomologist Bob Koch , said neonicotinoid coatings are effective in suppressing a few insects other than soybean aphids, but those are rarely a problem for farmers in northern states where most of the nation's soybeans are grown.