Take an integrated approach to crop pollination
Specialty crop growers depend on pollinators to ensure pollination and to achieve marketable yields. Integrated crop pollination is an integrative approach to pollination management that can help specialty crop growers receive reliable, economical crop pollination. There are two main components to integrated crop pollination: (1) diversifying crop pollination strategies (e.g. using a combination of honey bees, alternative managed bees and/or wild bees) and (2) using farm practices that support pollinators. Pollinators require food (pollen and nectar), nesting habitat, and a safe environment protected from pesticide exposure. Farmers can support pollinators by using practices that provide these habitat requirements. Learn more about integrated crop pollination by watching this video.
Video produced by Emily May (Xerces Society) for the Integrated Crop Pollination Project. The Integrated Crop Pollination Project is supported by the USDA-NIFA Specialty Crop Research Initiative Coordinated Agricultural Project (Award #2012-51181-20105).