Protecting Pollinators: On the Right Course

Pollinator habitat creation builds unique partnerships.Efforts to expand pollinator habitats on farms have brought about thousands of acres of forage for bees and butterflies. But, pollinators don’t just live on farms. Suburban and even urban areas provide valuable landscape opportunities that might

  Melissa Shipman

Protecting Pollinators: Small Steps for a Big Impact

Seed World explores pollinator progress in post hurricane Puerto Rico.In September 2017, Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria left Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands in a state of emergency.The majority of the damage came after Hurricane Maria, a Category 4 storm that brought winds in excess of 1

  Melissa Shipman

‘Virtual Safe Space’ to Help Bumblebees

The many threats facing bumblebees can be tested using a “virtual safe space” created by scientists at the University of Exeter. Bumble-BEEHAVE provides a computer simulation of how colonies will develop and react to multiple factors including pesticides, parasites and habitat loss.The tool lets res

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EU Set to Ban Outdoor Use of Pesticides Harmful to Bees

On April 27, Member States’ representatives in a Standing Committee have backed a proposal by the European Commission to further restrict the use of three active substances (imidacloprid, clothianidin and thiamethoxam, known as “neonicotinoids”) for which a scientific review concluded that their out

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ARS Scientist Leads Consortium to Seek Honey Bee Disease Controls

Agricultural Research Service (ARS) entomologist Steven Cook will be leading a $1 million funded international consortium of scientists to seek new controls for Varroa mites, honey bees’ number one problem.Cook, with the Bee Research Laboratory, a part of ARS’s Beltsville, Maryland, Agricultural Res

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A New Day in Dust Reduction

Industry combines efforts to reduce dust-off during planting.As farmers prepare for spring planting, a feeling of anticipation hangs in the air.What doesn’t hang in the air? Dust-off from seed treatments.With an increased focus on pollinator health, seed and seed treatment providers, equipment manuf

  Melissa Shipman

Think of Honeybees as ‘Livestock’ Not Wildlife

Contrary to public perception, die-offs in honeybee colonies are an agricultural issue instead of a conservation issue, argue Cambridge researchers, who say that manged honeybees may contribute to the genuine biodiversity crisis of Europe’s declining wild pollinators.The ‘die-off’ events occurring i

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Breaking the Ice: Making Connections for Pollinator Health

Farmers and Beekeepers Plan, Communicate to Protect BeesIt’s wintertime on the farm, when fields, and honey bee hives, are buried under snow and ice. But spring thaws are coming and it’s an important time for farmers and beekeepers to connect.Caydee Savinelli“The planting of corn and soybeans can po

  Melissa Shipman

We Need to Talk About Climate Change

Despite fears about doing so, scientists can talk openly about the reality of global warming. There are some clever ways to help you do so.It’s hard to believe that in the modern age, people can still be afraid of talking science.For a lot of researchers, that fear comes from discussing climate chan

  Marc Zienkiewicz

Protecting Pollinators: Surviving in the Hive

Winter always brings uncertainties in the agricultural community, but for beekeepers, the cold temperatures can be especially unsettling. Unlike farmers and ranchers, beekeepers can’t simply go out to the fields or barn and check on things during particularly difficult conditions. Neither can they p

  Melissa Shipman

Plant Materials Centers Strive to Maintain Funding

New plant varieties provide environmental and commercial payback.Scattered across the country, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) maintains 25 Plant Materials Centers (PMCs) to find and evaluate grass, legume, forb, shrub and tree solutions to solve co

  Joe Funk

Seed Certifying Agencies Assist After Wildfires

Wildfires across several western states have scorched more than 1 million acres of public and privately owned land. In some areas, fires still burn ,and it may be several weeks before the full extent of the damage is known. Landowners and managers looking to reseed large tracts of land might find it

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Protecting Pollinators: Preparing for Winter

Ensuring healthy hives for the winter season ahead isn’t just the responsibility of beekeepers. Farmers and landowners have a role to play, too.With colder temperatures on the way, it’s important to think about the preparations needed to keep hives safe and healthy for the hard winter season.Zac Bro

  Melissa Shipman

Protecting Pollinators: How to Create the Perfect Site

Experts explain why you should start preparing now.As harvest season continues, some farmers have turned their attention to planting, but not necessarily planting their fields. Rather, they are planting pollinator plots.In some areas, fall is actually the best time to plant wildflower seeds for poll

  Melissa Shipman

CAST Issues Commentary on the Science Surrounding Bee Health

A colony of healthy honeybees is like a super-organism — individual bees provide the cohesiveness and interplay among its cells and tissues by delivering pollen and nectar containing nutrients necessary for growth and survival. Better nutrition gives the colony a strong immune system and the means t

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Flower Power

Why choosing pollinator plot plants isn’t as simple as you thought.With efforts to support pollinator habitats on the rise, it’s important to consider that there is more to the solution than simply tossing some wildflower seed into fence rows and roadside ditches.During the past several years, thous

  Melissa Shipman

Beekeeper Survey Shows Improved Hive Health

Late last week, the Bee Informed Partnership (BIP), in collaboration with the Apiary Inspectors of America (AIA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) published a preliminary report that tracks honeybee colony losses. This year’s report, which tallied results from more than 4,900 beekeepers,

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Environment Constrains Seed Treatment Use

Low commodity prices and increasing regulatory hurdles have curtailed seed treatment use the past few years; however, experts say that the weather and growing insect and disease pressures might change that trend.With a slow economy and lower prices for corn and soybeans, seed treatments have been a

  Brian Wallheimer

Seed Treatment Helps the Cowpea Deal with Drought

Just as humans and animals sometimes need medicine to feel well or perform better, so do plants. Such treatments can lend protection from conditions such as high temperature or lack of water.Scientists at the State University of Paraíba in Brazil found that salicylic acid — also used to make aspirin

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Encourage Farmers to Take the Cover Crop Survey

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is surveying farmers regarding their use and perspective of cover crops. Seed companies are asked to encourage their farm customers to participate.Whether their farm customers are longtime advocates of cover crops or have never even considered using them, the Soil

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ASTA Reminds of Treated Seed Stewardship

As planting season begins, the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) reminds farmers to follow five basic steps for stewardship of treated seed:Follow Directions: Follow directions on treated seed container labels for handling, storage, planting and disposal practices.Eliminate Flowering Weeds: Eli

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Researchers Look to Wild Sunflowers for Genetic Diversity

Beauty and utility in one bright package, sunflowers are one of just a few commercial crops with origins in the United States. Today, sunflowers are grown in more than 70 countries. The value of the global sunflower crop is estimated to be over $20 billion.But the world’s fifth largest oilseed crop

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Partnerships Focus on Monarchs and Milkweed

As part of its research-based initiative, Living Acres, BASF is providing grants to Texas Tech University, the University of Arkansas and the University of Minnesota to research how to establish and maintain milkweed, the reproductive habitat for monarch butterflies and the only plant on which their

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Bayer Looks to Support Pollinator Habitats in All 50 States

Bayer, in coordination with the new Feed a Bee steering committee, is calling for proposals to establish additional forage for pollinators in all 50 states by 2018. This new initiative will fund forage initiatives and plantings for pollinators in every state, working with organizations across the n

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