On the farm

Today’s landscapes often lack the all-season foraging supply for honey bees and the specific foraging plants and habitats that wild bees need for nesting. Agricultural fields don’t offer pollinators suitable nesting structures, as the ground is typically too densely vegetated, too shady and too cold. In addition, as agricultural activities intensify, fragmentation of particular habitats has become an important disturbing factor for wild bee populations.

The good news is that there are several landscape management practices that can support wild insects:

Cooperation with beekeepers

Cooperation with beekeepers

There is a mutual dependence of agriculture and beekeeping: crop growing provides benefit for the bees, and bees provide benefits for agricultural production.

A good communication and an open and trustful relationship (collaboration) between farmer and beekeeper is key to prevent harm to bees by agricultural practices. Important is to inform the beekeeper beforehand about intended pesticide applications and the nature of the applied products, so he can cover or remove hives used for managed pollination during application.

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