Content tagged "pollination"

What crops do not require honey bee pollination?

Bee Health Updated: March 02, 2016

Honey bees improve, or supplement, pollination for most plants they visit. However, honey bees are considered negligible pollinators for the following...

Pollinating Highbush Blueberries

Bee Health Updated: November 10, 2014

Investment in this critical component of blueberry production is essential for profitable yields

Pollinating Apples

Apples Updated: August 17, 2013

Figure 1. Bumblebee on apple blossom (Alan R. Biggs, West Virginia University)Apples require cross-pollination for optimal fruit set and size. ...

Bees, Blueberries and Pollination (Video)

Blueberries Updated: November 17, 2011

Bob Danka for the USDA/ARS explains the importance of bees for blueberry pollination. Click on the image to start the video.   Read this article -- The...

What causes ears of corn not to fill out completely?

Gardens & Landscapes Updated: October 19, 2011

Lack of corn ear fill can stem from a variety of causes. Hot, dry weather can result in poor pollination. Periods of heavy rain when pollen is shedding can...

How do I find out if two apple cultivars are effective to cross pollinate?

Apples Updated: September 08, 2011

Nursery catalogs or their web sites often list apple pollination charts or recommend good apple varieties to use as pollinzers. Varieties listed in these...

What is an appropriate pollinator for the Honeycrisp apple tree? I'm getting mixed messages from various nurseries here in Minnesota.

Gardens & Landscapes Updated: April 21, 2011

How many bee hives per acre do I need to pollinate a crop?

Bee Health Updated: November 10, 2009

What is the purpose of the silky hair in corn on the cob?

Gardens & Landscapes Updated: March 03, 2008

Do you need more than one plant of eggplant or zucchini for it to pollinate? I bought only one plant of each.

Gardens & Landscapes Updated: January 22, 2008

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