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In Ontario, under Ontario Regulation 63/09 of the Pesticides Act (O. Reg. 63/09), one of the requirements to buy and use Class E (Class 12) pesticides is that a person must successfully complete the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Course for Corn and Soybeans and become certified.
Class E pesticides are grain corn seeds or soybean seeds that are treated with imidacloprid, clothianidin, or thiamethoxam. Class E (Class 12) pesticides do not include seed for popping corn, sweet corn, or corn used for the production for seed (seed corn) or soybean seed grown for certified status in accordance with a seed production contract (seed soybeans).
There are no requirements for using non-treated seed or fungicide-only treated seed. The use of non-treated seed can help protect pollinators and reduce the impact of neonicotinoids on the environment.