Happy, Healthy Bees are Better Pollinators

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Happy, Healthy Bees are Better Pollinators

April 6, 2018

Keeping Bees Happy

By Jessica Theisman, Associate Editor

Becky Langer is the project manager for the North American Bayer Bee Care Program. She spoke with California Ag Today recently about the problems that the bee population is facing.

“Bees are continuing to face multiple challenges. People are getting a better grasp of awareness that pests and diseases continue to be a huge problem in beehives," Langer said.

A big contender in the problem is forage and habitat. Beekeepers are working hard to monitor and control the issue.

"We know that the beekeepers and growers have to continue to communicate with one another and use all those products according to label," Langer explained.

It is also important for producers to increase the variety or forages around their land to keep bee populations healthy.

If farmers could have something blooming year-round, it would help keep the pollinators healthy.

"They also like diversity in different plant species, different colors, different sizes, flowers," Langer said. “If the bees are happy and healthy, they will be better pollinators for the crops. You can help keep bees healthy by following the label directions carefully on your sprays and fertilizers."

For more information on the Bayer Bee Health program

 

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