Four Ways Growers Can Help CARE for Bees
Monday, March 14, 2016
There are some things in life that just go together – peanut butter and jelly, ketchup and fries, Sonny and Cher – the list is endless of duos that would seem incomplete without the other. At Bayer, we celebrate another one of those inseparable duos – growers and beekeepers.
Both groups play a critical role in providing our growing planet with the necessary food, fuel and fiber we need, and neither one can do it alone. Growers need beekeepers to take care of the bee colonies that pollinate their crops. Beekeepers look to farmers to grow the plants that provide the pollen and nectar their bees need for a functioning hive.
Each planting season, beekeepers and growers have to work together to make sure they can get their unique and indispensable jobs done. As a company committed to leaving a better world, Bayer educates growers each year through its CARE Program about the importance of responsible stewardship principles for minimal impact of neonicotinoid seed treatments on people, pollinators and the environment as a whole. I’m excited to see this important outreach to growers continue this year.
Growers are paying attention, and it’s making a difference. We’ve seen fewer incidents in recent years, and the honey bee population is up more than 12 percent since 2008.
Here are four ways growers are making a difference and playing a part in taking CARE of bees:
1. They Communicate.
Growers are actively communicating with their local beekeepers, letting them know when and where they will be planting treated seeds. Whenever I speak with growers, I’m always proud to hear their stories of the close working relationships they have with their neighbors who keep bees.
2. They Stay Aware.
When conducting planting activities, growers make sure they know which way the wind is blowing and how fast it’s going. That way, they make sure to minimize any drift onto neighboring property.
3. They Reduce Dust Emission.
Planter seed lubricants like Fluency Agent are used by growers nowadays to help reduce the risk of exposure to dust by bees. They’re just as committed to protecting bees and other beneficial insects, just like me and everyone here at Bayer.
4. They Ensure Seed Is Planted Properly.
Growers do everything they can to help protect the environment. They diligently clean planters and seed boxes, and plant seeds at the proper depth to reduce the risk of dust emission.
By working together, growers and beekeepers are each doing their part to take care of pollinators, the environment and the world.