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

Bee Health November 10, 2009 Print Friendly and PDF
Average bee hive densities (hives per acre) recommended for crops grown in the USA range from 1-7. Most crops that benefit from honey bees require 2-3. Recommended numbers have inched upwards in recent years because of a drop in wild honey bee densities. More managed bees are required to make up the difference. - Keith Delaplane, University of Georgia

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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.