Seed Treatment Regulations Economic Impact Assessment: Year 1 Questionnaire
Grain Farmers of Ontario is seeking participants for a three-year study on the economic impact of new regulations for neonicotinoid seed treatments in Ontario. The study will be conducted by the advisory firm BDO.

On July 1, 2015, new regulatory requirements for the sale and use of neonicotinoid-treated seeds came into effect in Ontario and will be phased in over a period of time. In denying Grain Farmers of Ontario’s request for appeal, the Ontario Superior Court acknowledged that the new regulations would create financial hardship for grain farmers and produce a detrimental economic impact for Ontario’s agricultural economy.

This study will assess the economic impact of the new seed treatment regulations by surveying Ontario grain farmers over three years. The survey of farmers will be the primary method of data collection. Engaging a significant number of participants is essential to secure the information needed to assess the impact of the new regulations on Ontario’s agricultural economy.

Participants must be soybean or corn farmers in Ontario. For the purposes of this survey, a calendar year begins on January 1 and ends on December 31. In addition to this survey, participants agree to complete a similar survey on their farming practices, production, and costs at the end of each growing season in 2017 and 2018. Participants may be contacted if their responses are incomplete or require clarification.
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Contact information

 
Name:

 
Phone:

 
Mailing Address:

 
About you

 
In what county are your main farm operations?

 
How would you like to receive your surveys for Year 2 and Year 3 of the study?


 
What method of accounting do you use on your farm?


 
Acreage

 
How many acres did you crop in 2015?

 
How many acres did you crop in 2016?

 
Revenues and expenses, 2015-2016

 
What were your revenues in 2015?

 
What were your expenses in 2015?

 
What were your revenues in 2016?

 
What were your expenses in 2016?

 
Acreage per crop, 2015-2016

Includes corn, silage corn, identity preserved (IP) soybeans, other soybeans
 
How many acres of corn were planted on your farm in 2015?

 
How many acres of silage corn were planted on your farm in 2015?

 
How many acres of identity preserved (IP) soybeans were planted on your farm in 2015?

 
How many acres of other soybeans were planted on your farm in 2015?

 
How many acres of corn were planted on your farm in 2016?

 
How many acres of silage corn were planted on your farm in 2016?

 
How many acres of identity preserved (IP) soybeans were planted on your farm in 2016?

 
How many acres of other soybeans were planted on your farm in 2016?

 
Percentage of soybean and corn crops using neonicotinoid seeds, 2015-2016

 
What percentage of your corn crop used neonicotinoid seeds in 2015?

 
What percentage of your soybean crop used neonicotinoid seeds in 2015?

 
What percentage of your corn crop used neonicotinoid seeds in 2016?

 
What percentage of your soybean crop used neonicotinoid seeds in 2016?

 
Do you use bushels or tonnes as the unit of measurement for your crops?


 
Crop yields (bushels per acre), 2015-2016

 
Please indicate your corn yields (bushels per acre) in 2015:

 
Please indicate your silage corn yields (bushels per acre) in 2015:

 
Please indicate your identity preserved (IP) soybean yields (bushels per acre) in 2015:

 
Please indicate your other soybean yields (bushels per acre) in 2015:

 
Please indicate your corn yields (bushels per acre) in 2016:

 
Please indicate your silage corn yields (bushels per acre) in 2016:

 
Please indicate your identity preserved (IP) soybean yields (bushels per acre) in 2016:

 
Please indicate your other soybean yields (bushels per acre) in 2016:

 
Crop yields (tonnes per acre), 2015-2016

 
Please indicate your corn yields (tonnes per acre) in 2015:

 
Please indicate your silage corn yields (tonnes per acre) in 2015:

 
Please indicate your identity preserved (IP) soybean yields (tonnes per acre) in 2015:

 
Please indicate your other soybean yields (tonnes per acre) in 2015:

 
Please indicate your corn yields (tonnes per acre) in 2016:

 
Please indicate your silage corn yields (tonnes per acre) in 2016:

 
Please indicate your identity preserved (IP) soybean yields (tonnes per acre) in 2016:

 
Please indicate your other soybean yields (tonnes per acre) in 2016:

 
What is the impact of the new neonicotinoid seed treatment regulations on your 2016 crop yields?


 
If your crop yields were impacted by the new neonicotinoid seed treatment regulations, by what percentage did your corn crop yields increase/decrease in 2016 because of these new regulations?

Please use +/- to indicate an increase or decrease.
 
If your crop yields were impacted by the new neonicotinoid seed treatment regulations, by what percentage did your soybean crop yields increase/decrease in 2016 because of these new regulations?

Please use +/- to indicate an increase or decrease.
 
Please indicate how you adapted to the new neonicotinoid seed treatment regulations for your soybean crops:


 
Please indicate how you adapted to the new neonicotinoid seed treatment regulations for your corn crops:


 
If you used an alternative seed treatment product (Cyhalothrin, Tefluthrin, or another alternative), did a seed retailer guarantee this product?

     
 
Has your seed retailer recommended an alternative seed treatment to use instead of neonicotinoids?


 
Did you use a Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) in 2015?

     
 
What did they charge you?

 
Did you use a Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) in 2016?

     
 
What did they charge you?

 
Have you experienced difficulty accessing a CCA in 2015?

     
 
Have you experienced difficulty accessing a CCA in 2016?

     
 
Crop units sold (bushels or tonnes), 2015-2016

 
Corn quantity sold in 2015:

Indicate bushels or tonnes.
 
Soybean quantity sold in 2015:

Indicate bushels or tonnes.
 
Corn quantity sold in 2016:

Indicate bushels or tonnes.
 
Soybean quantity sold in 2016:

Indicate bushels or tonnes.
 
What is the impact of the new neonicotinoid seed treatment regulations on your 2016 expenses?


 
If your expenses were impacted by the new neonicotinoid seed treatment regulations, by what percentage did your total expenses for corn crops increase/decrease in 2016 because of these new regulations?

Please use +/- to indicate an increase or decrease.
 
If your expenses were impacted by the new neonicotinoid seed treatment regulations, by what percentage did your total expenses for soybean crops increase/decrease in 2016 because of these new regulations?

Please use +/- to indicate an increase or decrease.
 
How much did you pay for insecticide treatment in 2015?

 
Do you use bags or totes as the unit of measurement for your seed purchases?


 
Crop seed purchases (bags) and cost of crop seed purchases, 2015-2016

 
How many bags of corn seed did your purchase in 2015?

 
What was the average cost you paid for one bag of seed?

 
How many bags of soybean seed did your purchase in 2015?

 
What was the average cost you paid for one bag of seed?

 
How many bags of corn seed did your purchase in 2016?

 
What was the average cost you paid for one bag of seed?

 
How many bags of soybean seed did your purchase in 2016?

 
What was the average cost you paid for one bag of seed?

 
Crop seed purchases (totes) and cost of crop seed purchases, 2015-2016

 
How many totes of corn seed did your purchase in 2015?

 
What was the average cost you paid for one tote of seed?

 
How many totes of soybean seed did your purchase in 2015?

 
What was the average cost you paid for one tote of seed?

 
How many totes of corn seed did your purchase in 2016?

 
What was the average cost you paid for one tote of seed?

 
How many totes of soybean seed did your purchase in 2016?

 
What was the average cost you paid for one tote of seed?

 
Have you been denied the ability to purchase neonicotinoid treated seeds in 2016?

     
 
Did you have to re-plant your crops in 2016?

     
 
If you re-planted your crops, why did they need to be re-planted?


 
If you re-planted your crops, were your seeds guaranteed by:


 
Cost of production insurance per acre for corn and soybean crops, 2015-2016

 
How much did you pay per acre for production insurance for corn in 2015?

 
How much did you pay per acre for production insurance for soybeans in 2015?

 
How much did you pay per acre for production insurance for corn in 2016?

 
How much did you pay per acre for production insurance for soybeans in 2016?

 
In 2016, how much additional time have you spent on skills training and certifications due to the new neonicotinoid seed treatment regulations?

Indicate hours/year.
 
In 2016, how much additional money have you spent on skills training and certifications due to the new neonicotinoid seed treatment regulations?

Indicate $ spent.
 
In 2016, how much additional time have you spent on new paperwork that you are required to complete due to the new neonicotinoid seed treatment regulations?

Indicate hours/year.
 
In 2016, how much additional money have you spent on new paperwork that you are required to complete due to the new neonicotinoid seed treatment regulations?

Indicate $ spent.
 
Have you had a compliance officer ask for your documentation in 2015?

     
 
Have you had a compliance officer ask for your documentation in 2016?

     
 
Comments:

Thank you for completing the survey.
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