• The free BeeConnected app helps to ensure that bees and agriculture can co-exist and thrive. The application allows farmers to tell beekeepers in their area when they plan to use crop protection products (including pesticide applications and the planting of treated seed). Beekeepers who have registered their hives will receive a notification if they are within five kilometres of the…
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  • By planting a Buzzing Garden, we can all help to improve the number and quality of honey bee food sources, and support them in feeding their hives. Every free Buzzing Gardens kit contains seeds for five different species of non-invasive Canadian wildflowers recommended by Pollinator Partnership, and can plant a garden up to five square feet. Order your free seed…
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  • Canola Watch Live! included a discussion on bees and other pollinators. Here are best management practices to reduce damage to these important insects: —Avoid spraying flowering canola. —Use economic thresholds when making control decisions. Remember: Threshold covers cost of application. No profit! —Use the least toxic option registered for the crop. —Take measures to minimize drift. Wind speed/direction, drift reducing…
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  • Bees are good for canola. Canola is good for bees. Canola flowers provide an important source of nectar for honey producers in Western Canada: 80% of the honey produced in Canada comes from canola flowers. Honey bees and other pollinators can also increase canola yields. Although napus canola is self-pollinating, studies show that the extra level of pollination that bees…
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