It is important that growers of all crops who rely on the honey bee to pollinate their crop implement best management practices to support bee health and begin discussing the efforts they take to promote and protect honey bee health.

Each year the Almond Board uses the latest research to update our Best Management Practices for almond disease protection and insect control during bloom. The health of the honey bee is a top priority in the Best Management Practices. It isn’t too early to begin thinking about our Pollination BMPs, which include:

• Avoid applications of insecticides during bloom;

• Minimize exposure of honey bees to any spray by avoiding applications when pollen is available and bees are foraging;

For a more detailed list, please contact the Almond Board of California or visit AlmondBoard.com/Growers, and under orchard management, choose pollination, then Bee Protection.

From food safety to sustainability and now to pollination — the almond industry has a very long history of directly addressing issues as they enter into the public realm. The Almond Board will continue to support the efforts of individual growers, beekeepers and other stakeholders as they manage pollinator health issues to not only ensure the future of a healthy almond industry — but also a healthy relationship between stakeholders and the almond-buying community.

Almond growers and all growers who rely on domestic honeybees to pollinate their crops share responsibility for communicating what is being done to protect honeybee health.

 

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