The Honey Bee Health Coalition and The Almond Board of California have both released new Best Management Practices (BMPs) this January.
The 2019 growing season is upon us. This time of year is eagerly awaited by everyone involved with agriculture. In particular, the short 4-6 week window of almond bloom is a critical time in which growers and beekeepers need the strongest, most populous hives available. When February and March are cold, overcast and rainy the need is even greater due to reduced flight hours. If each day of bloom has only a few hours of ideal conditions for bee flight, hives with a greater number of bees are especially important because they send out more foraging bees in that window, and can still get the job done. Blooming cover crops mixes, like the ones provided by the Seeds for Bees® program, do an excellent job of boosting the pollination potential of each hive by increasing the duration, diversity, and density of available nutrition.