Helping honey bees pollinate pickling cucumber fields

Watch our new video to learn more about pollinating cucumbers by honey bees.

January 21, 2019 - Author: Thomas Wood, Michigan State University,

The Michigan State University Vegetable Entomology Lab started working on honey bee health in pickling cucumber fields two years ago as part of a USDA Specialty Crop Research Initiative grant. This project aimed at improving our understanding of how to balance cucumber production and pest management against pollinator health.

Our research has shown that honey bees are the dominant pollinator of cucumbers in Michigan, and that effective pollination depends on large numbers of bees. Honey bee colonies are robust, but are exposed to many stressors in the cucumber production system. Watch our new video to learn more about this topic.

Thanks to Joy Landis and colleagues from MSU CANR Communications for helping us create this video. Follow us on Twitter @msuvegent!

Tags: honey bees, msu extension, pollinate cucumbers, pollinators

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