The European Commission has said that the sale and supply of neonicotinoid actives clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam for outdoor use will cease by September 19, 2018 at the latest, with the sale, storage and use of seed treated with them ending on December 19, 2018 at the latest, according to the Agricultural Industries Confederation (AIC).
However, it is up to member states how they wish to implement the ban and some may go for an earlier date, says AIC head of crop protection Hazel Doonan. “For the moment we don’t know what the UK position will be. Normally they are quite good at giving a grace period.”
Hopefully people would still be able to drill winter wheat treated with a neonicotinoid seed dressing this autumn but it is not certain, she said.