Pollinator Habitat

Pollinator Habitat

Pollinator habitat can turn an unprofitable acre or odd corner into a world of good for honeybees, native pollinators, and other wildlife. The benefits are obvious for producers of fruit, nut and vegetable crops, which depend on pollinators for success. But studies indicate that bees and other pollinators may also boost yields in soybeans, too. Learn from farmers and beekeepers across the country—and Iowa State University entomologists and agronomists—how to create a win-win with pollinator habitat.

Creating Pollinator Habitat

“Creating pollinator habitat can be a win for bees, butterflies and a host of other wildlife...as well as a win for farmers. Learn how some farmers have used praririe plantings and other wildflower mixes to enhance season-long foraging opportunities for pollinators and opened up conversations with beekeepers.
Pollinator Habitat Live Panel

Join beekeeper John Miller, Iowa State University entomologist Matt O'Neal, policy expert Dale Thorenson of the U.S. Canola Association and Matt Mulica of the Honeybee Health Coalition for a conversation about honeybees, farms and habitat.
A Little Bit Goes A Long Way

Tim Youngquist of Iowa State University's Science-Based Trials of Rowcrops Integrated with Prairie Strips (STRIPS) program explains how individual farmers can make a big difference for honeybees and native species.
Protecting Pollinator Habitat

Iowa State University entomologist Steve Bradbury explains how to protect pollinator habitat by managing spray drift. Step 1: read the label.
Pick Your Prairie Mix

Iowa State University STRIPS team's Tim Youngquist outlines how to manipulate the grass/forbs ratio to accomplish your objectives with a prairie strip planting.
How To Establish Prairie Pollinator Habitat

Iowa prairie planting landowner Bill Dunbar describes how he and Iowa State University experts established his pollinator-friendly prairie planting.
Site Prep for Prairie Planting

Iowa State University prairie strip expert Tim Youngquist lays out the priorities for good establishment of the perennial species that form prairie strips.
Protecting the Prairie: No Problem

Iowa farmer Dick Sloan says after the first couple of years of his prairie strips and pollinator plots, he's had no problem accomplishing both pest control in his crops and healthy habitat right next to them.