by Cooperative Extension Service, College of Agriculture, Washington State University in Pullman .
Written in English
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|Series||Insect answers, Extension mimeo -- 3475., Extension mimeo (Washington State University. Cooperative Extension) -- 3475.|
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The seed is then sold to other farmers to plant as alfalfa hay to the tune of $42 million, according to the Washington State Department of Agriculture. When American farmers need pollinators, most. “Honey bees steal nectar and food from the alkali bees,” says farmer Mark Wagoner ’ “They’re a detriment to alfalfa seed production. They also sting our workers!” Though honey bees can pollinate alfalfa, they aren’t very good at it, explains Walsh. Alfalfa blossoms have a trip mechanism that bops the bee on the head with pollen. Alfalfa Seed Pollinators in the. Pacific Northwest. Alfalfa grown as a seed crop seed is produced. in the low rainfall (Washington State, production areas are centered in the Walla Walla Valley and Columbia River Basin. Alfalfa leafcutting bees (Megachile rotundata). ALFALFA is an important agronomic crop in Washington State, with , acres harvested in for a production value of $ million. Washington ranks 2 nd nationally in production of ALFALFA SEED, w acres in production in , valued at almost $35 million.; Washington’s alfalfa seed is a major factor in national and international alfalfa production, which in turn supports the.
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE LIBRARY Book number 1 Ag84C Circular no. June • Washington, D. C. UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Use of Honey Bees in Alfalfa Seed Production By Geoege H. Vansell, entomologist, Division of Bee Culture, Bureau of Ento- mology and Plant Quarantine, Agricultural. He also says, the alkali bee is still seen in Washington alfalfa seed production areas. Tim DeRuwe, an alfalfa seed producer in the Walla Walla Valley in Washington, says running somewhere between 3 to 4 gallons of bees per acre will make for successful alfalfa pollination. Alfalfa nectar has been reported to be a major food source for honeybees in terms of pounds of honey per acre, when they can get to the blossoms. It seems the deep-rooted plants provided nectar and pollen when other sources may have been dried out, such as clovers and goldenrod. The alfalfa leafcutting bee, Megachile rotundata F., is used extensively to pollinate alfalfa for seed production in western North America. However, it usually is not possible to sustain bee.
2, To determine the value of honey bees in increasing seed yields of alfalfa under Iowa conditions. 8. To investigate conditions that affect, directly or indirectly, the value of honey bees in pollinating alfalfa in Iowa. 4. To get Information that would contribute to a better understand ing of the alfalfa seed production problem as a whole. Honey bees collecting nectar for alfalfa honey are faced with a special challenge. The alfalfa flower has a unique pollination mechanism that trips and hits the visiting bee!. Whizz and the other field bees cleverly figure out how to reach the nectar in the alfalfa flower without tripping this part of the flower. Sweet clover, clover and alfalfa will produce a light, mild honey. Orange blossom, and other citrus trees, tupelo trees, wild sage, buckwheat, horse mint, basswood and the tulip tree will all produce a darker, stronger honey than those plants above, but will still be mild in taste. The darkest honey . Abstract: The use of pollinating honey bees honey bees Subject Category: Organism Groups see more details for seed production seed production Subject Category: Miscellaneous see more details in California california Subject Category: Geographic Entities see more details is outlined.