Happy Pollinator Week! KyCorn and the National Corn Growers Association partner with nearly 40 organizations in forming the Honey Bee Health Coalition to achieve a healthy population of honey bees and other pollinators.
Even though Corn does not require pollination by honey bees, we recognizes the integral role they play in a productive agriculture system.
There are a handful of issues that can cause problems for bees. Severe weather, pests and disease, lack of forage and nutrition, lack of genetic diversity and incidental pesticide exposure may all be causing problems.
Neonicotinoid seed treatments are actually a good way to limit incidental pesticide exposure because of how and when they are used. For instance, farmers are switching to a pinpoint treatment of insecticide on seed at planting time, rather than a broad spectrum treatment later in the growing season when bees are more active.
We urge farmers to be proactive by being more aware of bees and getting to know local beekeepers. Click here to learn about the Grower's and Beekeeper's roles.