The North Dakota agriculture department is conducting an online survey to help determine whether a Section 18 emergency exemption is needed in 2012 allowing corn growers to use Avipel to repel pheasants.
The survey will determine whether Avipel is needed statewide or just in certain parts of the state."
The online survey can be found at www.surveymonkey.com/s/CORNGROWERS. It is open to all North Dakota corn growers and will close on Jan. 31.
Producers without Internet access should call the North Dakota Department of Agriculture at (800) 242-7535 to submit their information.
North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring says the survey contains 12 questions, including percentage of corn acres affected by pheasants; where the damage normally occurs, and the impact of pheasants on yield.
You should have 2011 yield monitor reports at hand when completing the survey, Goehring says. You will need to enter yield data for specific corn fields, including both the areas of fields affected by pheasants as well as unaffected fields."
Goehring says the Environmental Protection Agency granted his requests for an emergency exemption for Avipel in 2009 and 2010. The requests were based on economic loss estimates mostly from Hettinger County.
"The EPA was concerned that our economic loss data were concentrated in one area," Goehring says. "They asked that if we wanted this exemption for statewide use in the future that we would provide additional data to indicate it is a statewide problem. Without the additional data, we would be asked to limit the exemption to only certain parts of the state."
Manufactured by Arkion Life Sciences LLC, Avipel is a non-lethal repellent applied to corn seeds. It tastes bitter to pheasants, reducing feeding on corn seeds and corn seedlings.
Source: ND Department of Agriculture