Archive for November, 2012

Those bugs ‘are going to outsmart us’

Published on November 24, 2012

By: Josephine Marcotty, The Star Tribune.

Danny Serfling knew he was in trouble in July. Tiny white worms in the soil had eaten away the anchoring roots on half of his corn, and in one big storm last summer, the stalks toppled like sticks.

Bees and butterflies in mysterious decline

Published on November 23, 2012

By Josephine Marcotty, The Star Tribune

Ellis and other beekeepers across the country say they know why they are facing astronomical losses of bees: agricultural insecticides. The companies that make the chemicals disagree, but they don’t dispute the problem. On average, beekeepers are losing 30 to 40 percent of their bees every year.

Thank a hard-working pollinator on Thanksgiving

Published on November 21, 2012

By Phyllis Stiles,

As we gather around the Thanksgiving table this year, perhaps we can take a moment to thank the hardworking pollinators that helped most of our food grow.

According to the U.S.Department of Agriculture, about one-third of the human diet comes from insect-pollinated plants, and the honeybee is responsible for 80 percent of that pollination. Even the plants that cows eat (alfalfa and clover) to make milk, cheese, butter, ice cream and beef, depend on pollinators.

New Pollination Resources Available

Published on November 19, 2012

By Edith Munro, Growing Produce

Growers interested in promoting native bee populations as a back-up to honey bee pollination can now tap into new “how-to” information resources, according to speakers at a Native Pollinators in Agriculture field day held on Sept. 11, in Orange County, CA.

Native pollinators create a buzz in Orange County

Published on November 12, 2012

By Edith Munro, California Farmer

Good data already demonstrate that California hedgerows support native bee populations, Vaughan reported, noting that farmers across the country are incorporating pollinator habitat into their conservation practices. For growers, the greatest need has been for practical “how-to” information on encouraging native pollinators.