Managing Solitary Bees for Pollination
Date: March 14, 2014
Time: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Location: Northwest Michigan Horticultural Research Center, 6686 S. Center Highway, Traverse City, MI 49684
Dr. Theresa Pitts-Singer from the USDA’s Logan Bee Lab has experience with many aspects of pollination, particularly in managing alternative pollinators, with a primary focus on Osmia, which includes the blue orchard bee and the Japanese horn-faced bee. Many growers in northwest Michigan have been using the horn-faced bee for pollinating cherries, and Dr. Pitts-Singer has worked extensively with the blue orchard bee in almonds and stone fruit in the west. She will be here to talk about best management practices, propagating the colony, and using these pollinators successfully in orchards.
Please contact Jackie Baase at 231-946-1510 to register. There is no charge for the event, as it is supported by the Michigan SARE program and the integrated Crop Pollination project.
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