The Cotton Board and Cotton Incorporated has its mind on honeybees lately. That’s because these miniscule insects pollinate several key crops, including cotton. Their contributions are valued in the billions.
Because of this, these industry groups says it’s imperative that cotton farmers and beekeepers work together so they can minimize potential damages that may affect either group. To help the cause, they are promoting one of their newest Focus on Cotton webcasts, “Mitigating Insect Management Effects on Pollinators.”
This webcast is hosted by Scott Stewart, professor and row crops IPM specialist with the University of Tennessee. He says the information he presents can help beekeepers and farmers:
- Improve communication and coordination
- Select appropriate hive placement
- Properly time pesticide applications to minimize potential pollinator exposure
- Look for and follow pollinator protection statements and labeling.
Farmers can absorb this information in just under 10 minutes, according to Stewart.
This marks the 35th Focus on Cotton webcast. To access the entire series, free of charge, visit http://bit.ly/2dLAP00.