What does it take to create lasting pollinator habitat in agriculture?
Flowering insectary strips are an excellent strategy for supporting pollinators and other beneficial insects on farms.
Understory habitat refers to areas that can support flowering plants and grasses beneath or between existing crops such as berries, grapes or orchard fruits.
Filter strips are a great opportunity for adding habitat to meet habitat minimums while utilizing existing site features.
Mass-flowering crops refer to agricultural crops that provide abundant floral resources during their bloom period, which is often over a short period of time.
Wildflower meadows are permanent plantings of nectar- and pollen-rich plants, and can also contain native grasses or sedges.
Beetle banks invite natural pest control into your fields.
Cover crops are gaining increased attention for their ability to benefit soil health while also supporting pollination and pest control services.
Hedgerows are linear rows of shrubby flowering plants that are most easily incorporated along field edges, or in areas that are inaccessible for production.
Habitat is the key ingredient for pollinator protection. It provides the flowers pollinators rely on for sustenance as well as the nest sites they call home. That’s why Bee Better Certified™ asks farms to dedicate at least 5% of their total farm area to pollinator habitat.