Native pollinators create a buzz in Orange County
By Edith Munro, California Farmer
California growers can tap into new information resources and several USDA programs to incorporate native bee habitat in their conservation efforts, according to bee experts speaking at a Native Pollinators in Agriculture field day in Orange County.
Cost-benefit analysis projects are getting under way to quantify how pollinator promotion can benefit yields of crops like almonds, apples, blueberries, and squash, according to Mace Vaughan, pollinator program director for the Xerces Society.
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.