Pollination Experts Host Webinar Series

The majority of U.S. specialty crop growers depend on bees for pollination of 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 (ICP) Project will present information on these topics and will report on their recent research in this project as part of a webinar series titled: Ensuring Crop Pollination in U.S. Specialty Crops.

The webinars will examine the roles of wild bees, honeybees, and other managed bees in supporting crop pollination and yield in almond, blueberry, tree fruit, pumpkin, and watermelon.

These webinars will all be 45-60 minutes long, with time for questions and discussion with the presenter afterward. Registered attendees will receive a link to the slides and a recording following the webinar.

The register, click on the link for each webinar that you are interested in attending. (All seminars will begin at 2 p.m. Eastern time.)

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)

The webinar series will be hosted by eXtension.org, an on-line co-operative Extension network. To learn more about the webinar series, visit the Bee Health eXtension.org website or email [email protected]. Certified Crop Advisor CEU credits applied for. Funding for the webinar series is provided by the ICP Project, a USDA-National Institute of Food and Agriculture Specialty Crop Research Initiative Grant.

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