It’s pretty common these days to hear and read about the decline in honey bees and native bees in this country. Since the mid-1980s, bees across the U.S. have been in decline and the number of managed hives in North Carolina alone is about half as many as there were in the early 1980s. Some crops, like corn are pollinated by wind, but many of the fruit, vegetable, and nut crops grown rely on honey bees and native bees for moving pollen from one flower to another.
Most of the wild honey bee colonies have been wiped out, so farmers are having to rely on managed colonies to assure good pollination for their crops. Farmers bringing in honey bees to help with pollination find that the cost of renting bees is far outweighed by the increase in yields, the quality of produce, and more competitive pricing at market.
Some of the vegetable and fruits that require honey bees for pollination are cucumbers, blueberries, watermelons, apples, squash, strawberries, melons, and peaches. Other crops such as alfalfa, cotton, peanuts, and soybeans benefit from honey bees for pollination as well.
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