NEWS
Beans Get a Bee Buzz
Tue Mar 5, 2013 01:48 PM CST

There’s a new buzz in the soybean field. Scientists now say natural pollinators like bees may also be important for self-pollinating crops, such as soybeans.

When colony collapse disorder began devastating bee populations in 2006, scientists started taking a closer look at all bees and pollination in general. While the honeybee has a reputation as a hard worker, it was native bees that turned out to be dominating pollination in a number of studies, says Steve Hendricks, a University of Iowa biologist.

“We found that most of the pollination at the produce farms we studied ...

Quick View
  • Back to Beans Growers considering moving a field from continuous corn back into soybeans should pay special att...
  • The Attraction of Youth Combine genotyping with a yearling bull, or even a weanling, and you're less likely to make a poo...
  • Kubota Steps Up A new mid-range, high-horsepower M7 tractor moves this company into the row-crop arena.
  • SCO Sticker Shock Costs and potential disconnect with county yields make the Supplemental Coverage Option a hard se...
  • Clean Water Goes a Long Way Cleaning up 900 feet of a small creek in Kentucky brings rebirth to water once choked with sedime...
  • Clean Air Lawsuits Filed Several environmental and animal-welfare groups argue in two lawsuits that there is well-document...
  • Ag and Environment Outlook Agriculture continues to watch how the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency implements the propos...
  • Surgery on Plastics Dharma Kodali's goal is to insert soybean oil in the basic ingredient list for PVC plastics.
  • Ask the Vet How should I treat a cow with a swelling on her flank?
Related News Stories
Surgery on Plastics
Ag Policy Outlook
Ag and Environment Outlook
Ethanol Outlook
Few and Far Between
Humane Livestock Handling on the Farm
Ask the Taxman by Andy Biebl
Klinefelter: By the Numbers
Taxlink by Andy Biebl
Build a Market for Your Hay