Artificial Pollination Technology Seeks Entry into
the Huge California Almond Market

Press Release - December 3, 2019 Israeli agritech startup Edete Precision Technologies for Agriculture has successfully completed field trials in almond orchards in Israel using its unique mechanical pollen harvesting and pollination system. The field trials are crucial for advancing the company's planned entry into the huge almond market in California. The trials resulted in a substantially increased yield in Israel. …

Clemson Study Finds Wildflowers Create
Pollinator Harmony for Watermelons

Denise Attaway, College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences; Public Service and Agriculture   CHARLESTON – A Clemson University graduate student has found adding a little color to watermelon fields can attract pollinators which can help improve quality and increase yields of one of South Carolina’s most important vegetable crops. Miriam “Mimi” Jenkins of Tampa, Florida, has found growing strips of wildflowers near …

USDA Predicts Record Almond Crop for 2019

Despite unusual weather and pollination challenges, a USDA grower survey estimates a 2019 crop of 2.5 Billion pounds of almonds — a new record, and a 9.6 percent increase over 2018 production. From the report: The initial subjective forecast for the 2019 California almond production is 2.50 billion pounds. Forecasted production is 9.6 percent above last year's production of 2.28 billion pounds. …

Online Tool Identifies Best and Safest Places to Keep Bees

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Honeybees play essential roles in pollinating plants that humans and animals rely on for food. Declines in bee populations - including 20 percent of honeybee colonies per year in Indiana - threaten our food supply. Insecticide exposure, loss of flowering plants, and fewer nesting habitats, disease and parasites are all factors. Beekeepers must, therefore, identify safe places …

Bayer’s Feed a Bee Program Reaches 50-State Milestone

ST. LOUIS – Feed a Bee, the national pollinator forage initiative by Bayer, has reached its goal of awarding grants supporting diverse forage for honey bees and other pollinators in all 50 states. The 50th recipient awarded recently was Gateway to the Arctic Camp in Talkeetna, Alaska. Dedicated to service and agriculture, the nonprofit camp teaches the significance of serving those …

Honey Bee Health Coalition Members Release Corn, Canola Guides for Bee Protection

National Corn Growers Association, U.S. Canola Association partner with Coalition to develop best practices growers can use to reduce risk to honey bees, other pollinators   Two Honey Bee Health Coalition member organizations — the National Corn Growers Association and the U.S. Canola Association — recently unveiled best management practices for growers to help protect bees in and around corn and canola …

Beekeepers Support All Pollinators

For Pollinator Week it has come to our attention that PETA has launched a campaign to Save Our Bees, recommending ways that individuals can help protect pollinators. While we fully support their effort to encourage planting more bee forage, we were disappointed to learn that they advocate purchasing a honey substitute and avoiding any beeswax products. In their plea against …

Sowing Strips of Flowering Plants Has
Limited Effect on Pollination

Strips of wildflowers dotting fields is visually attractive and provides much needed forage to bees. But does it actually increase pollination of nearby agricultural crops? Turns out that it depends on the scale and diversity of the farm. Researchers at the Centre for Environmental and Climate Research at Lund University have studied how pollination varies in different agricultural landscapes, by …