Pollinator Week is June 18th to 24th!
Plant a garden that butterflies, hummingbirds, and bees will love as much as you!
POLLINATOR SEED MIX
|Common Mt. Mint
|Great Bue Lobelia
|Purple Prairie Clover
Pollination by Native Bees
According to the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, there are over 4000 species of native bees in the U.S. alone. Bees are the most predominant pollinators of flowering plants in nature, thus contributing a vital service to the ecosystem. Bees are referred to as “keystone organisms” because of this important role.
Some native bees have names that reflect how they build nests—leafcutter bees, mason bees, miner bees, carpenter bees, digger bees, etc. Others are named for their behavior, which include bumble bees, sweat bees, and cuckoo bees. In addition, some bees are named for the types of plants they pollinate such as squash, sunflower and blueberry bees.
When honey bees are in short supply, the pollination needs of many crops can be filled by native bees. Research reflects that native bees can be major pollinators of agricultural crops and sometimes do the job more efficiently. For instance, the blue orchard bee is a primary pollinator of cultivated apples. Another important crop pollinator is the western bumble bee, which has been used to pollinate cranberries, avocadoes, and blueberries. Native squash bees are major pollinators of cultivated squashes. Some native bees are even commercially managed like honey bees to provide pollination services. Great news for Iowa native plants and pollinators!
CRP Wildlife Food Plots
CRP wildlife food plot options now allow a food plot consisting of all native grasses and forbs. Unlike traditional grain food plots, now additional pollen and nectar will be available. Futhermore, a native food plot will not be disked and replanted every year or every other year like the alternative grain food plots. Thus, bees utilizing ground burrows will benefit!
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Pollinator Week is June 18th to 24th!
Plant a garden that butterflies, hummingbirds, and bees
will love as much as you!
Take steps to help our pollinator populations thrive. By supporting pollinators’ need for habitat, we support our own needs for food and support diversity in the natural world.
This beautiful native Pollinator Plant Kit will not only provide color throughout the seasons but will also benefit bees, hummingbirds and butterflies. It consists of 84 plants; 7 each of the following species:
- Monarda fistulosa (Wild Bergamot)
- Solidago speciosa (Showy Goldenrod)
- Tradescantia ohiensis (Ohio Spiderwort)
- Agastache foeniculum (Anise Hyssop)
- Pycnanthemum virginianum (Mt. Mint)
- Aster novae-angliae (New England Aster)
- Liatris pycnostachya (Prairie Blazingstar)
- Liatris liguilistylis (Meadow Blazingstar)
- Penstemon digitalis (Foxglove Beardtongue)
- Lobelia siphilitica (Great Blue Lobelia)
- Eupatorium maculatum (Joe-pye Weed)
- Aquilegia canadensis (Columbine)
Special Bonuses are Included:
(1) Pollinator App. and
(2) Downloadable Pollinator Guide
“Farming feeds the world, and we must remember that pollinators are a critical link to our food system” – Paul Growald, Co-Founder, Pollinator Partnership
Did you know that domestic honey bees pollinate approximately $10 billion worth of crops in the U.S. each year?
Both native pollinators and domesticated bee populations are declining and are threatened by habitat loss, disease, and excessive and/or inappropriate use of pesticides.
Commercial bees lost to Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) highlights how
severe the issues of proper hive management are to reduce stresses caused
by disease, pesticide use, insufficient nutrition, and transportation practices.
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This experiment was carried out to evaluate the effect of the honeybee pollination in the production and quality of soybean seeds (Glycine max L. Merril). Seed production was higher (P=0.0001) in covered areas with honeybee colonies (50.64%) and uncovered areas (57.73%) than in covered areas without honeybee colonies. It could be concluded that honeybees were responsible for 95.5% of the pollination accomplished by insects. The pod number in covered treatment with honeybees was 61.38% higher (P=0.0002) than in the covered treatment without honeybees. The average weight of 100 seeds was larger (P=0.0001) in the area covered without honeybees, and reached 17.8 g. The medium content of crude protein in grains was 36.7% and the average oil content was 20.2%. The germination test did not show differences (P>0.05) among the seeds in different treatments. It was concluded that the honeybee pollination in the soybean increased the seeds production.
Taken from Brazilian Archives of Biology and Technology