Jan 13, 2017Crop pollination experts to present webinar series
The majority of U.S. specialty crop growers depend on bees for pollinating their crops. Growers know that without adequate pollination, they would not be profitable. But what are the best pollination strategies for fruit, vegetable and nut crops? What farm management practices can growers use to support bees and the crop pollination they provide?
Experts in crop pollination working under the Integrated Crop Pollination Project will present on these topics and will report on their recent research in this project as part of a webinar series on Ensuring Crop Pollination in US Specialty Crops. The webinar series will examine the role of wild bees, honey bees and other managed bees in supporting crop pollination and yield in almond, blueberry, tree fruit, pumpkin and watermelon.
These webinars all start at 2 p.m. EST and will be 45-60 minutes, with time for questions and discussion with the presenter afterward. Registered attendees will receive a link to the slides and a recording afterward.
To register, click on the link for each webinar you are interested in attending.
- Jan. 24: Ensuring almond pollination (Theresa Pitts-Singer, USDA-ARS and Utah State University)
- Jan. 31: Pollinating highbush blueberries: Bees bring bigger berries (Rufus Isaacs, Michigan State University)
- Feb. 14: Pollinating apples and cherries east of the Rockies (Julianna Wilson, Michigan State University)
- Feb. 28: On-farm pollinator benefits for watermelon pollination (Neal Williams, University of California, Davis)
- March 21: Ensuring pumpkin pollination (Shelby Fleischer, Pennsylvania State University)
- March 28: How to manage solitary orchard bees for crop pollination (Theresa Pitts-Singer, USDA-ARS and Utah State University)
Download the flier for more information: 2017 Bee Health and Pollination Webinar Series.
The webinar series will be hosted by eXtension’s Bee Health, an online cooperative extension network, and can be accessed by anyone with an internet connection. To learn more about the webinar series, visit the Ensuring Crop Pollination in US Specialty Crops website or email [email protected]. We have applied for Certified Crop Advisor CEU credits.
Funding for the webinar series is provided by the Integrated Crop Pollination Project, a USDA-NIFA Specialty Crop Research Initiative Grant (#2012-51181-20105).