Kent posted that there have been problems with black birds eating corn. I have also received a couple of phone calls wanting to know about a product people have heard about – Avipel. Avipel is a seed treatment that can be applied to corn seed that repels birds from feeding on the young plants and seed.
Some of the questions that I have had are:
Q. Does Avipel work?
A. I, personally, have not seen the product on corn, but Robert Byrd with US Fish and Wildlife has worked with it on rice extensively and it is effective on rice. The chemical is also labeled as Flight Control for golf courses and fields near airports for protection against geese. I believe it will be effective in corn as well.
Q. I have heard that some of our neighboring states are able to use Avipel; can I?
A. Missouri submitted a Section 18 to EPA for Avipel in both corn and rice. Unfortunately, we did not have all the necessary data to get the product this year for either crop; therefore, it is not legal to use the product in Missouri.
That brings me to the purpose of this post: Will you help us gather some of the data EPA wants so that we can get a Section 18 for Avipel for the 2012 season? All you have to do is contact me or leave a comment on the blog page answering 3 questions:
1) How many acres of corn or rice were damaged by birds?
2) What impact do you think they had on your yield?
3) Did you replant?
These data will be helpful in fulfilling the EPA’s requirements for additional data so that we have the product available for 2012.