2017 Bee Health Webinar Series: Ensuring Crop Pollination in US Specialty Crops

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This webinar series will provide an overview of pollination requirements and strategies to ensure pollination of different specialty crops. Farmers and gardeners rely on crop pollinators, including honey bees, alternative managed bees like the blue orchard bee, and wild bees. Pollination experts will discuss how to support these pollinators in almond, blueberry, tree fruit, pumpkin, and watermelon. Webinars will take place on selected Tuesdays at 11a.m. Pacific time, noon Mountain time, 1 p.m. Central time, 2 p.m. Eastern time.  Registration required for these free webinars. Click on the title below for more information about each webinar. All webinars moderated by John Skinner (University of Tennessee) and Katharina Ullmann (Xerces Society).

JANUARY 24, 2017

wildflower planting next to almond orchardTitle  Ensuring almond pollination
Presented by Theresa Pitts-Singer, USDA-ARS/Utah State University
Register here: https://extension.zoom.us/j/167977119 
Recording: https://youtu.be/do6y1l9rn5A



JANUARY 31, 2017

Native bee on blueberry flowerTitle  Pollinating highbush blueberries: bees bring bigger berries
Presented by: Rufus Isaacs, Michigan State University
Register here: https://extension.zoom.us/j/892630181
Recording: https://youtu.be/RRYIKK3waVw


FEBRUARY 7, 2017

FoPCTitle Providing habitat for wild bees on organic farms (organized by eOrganics)
Presented by Elias Bloom (Washington State Universtiy (WSU)), Rachel Olsson (WSU), Bridget McNasser (Oxbow Farm and Conservation Center) 
Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2124436063988236545


FEBRUARY 14, 2017

Honey bee hives in tart cherry orchardTitle Pollinating apples and cherries East of the Rockies
Presented by Julianna Wilson, Michigan State University
Register here: https://extension.zoom.us/j/940545278 
Recording: https://youtu.be/i8tJeNLfZg0


FEBRUARY 28, 2017

Native bee on watermelon flowerTitle On-farm pollinator benefits for watermelon pollination
Presented by Neal Williams, University of California, Davis
Register here: https://extension.zoom.us/j/619691844 
Recording: https://youtu.be/k05_NrE3f38


MARCH 21, 2017

Native bee on pumpkin flowerTitle Ensuring pumpkin pollination
Presented by Shelby Fleischer, Pennsylvania State University
Register here: https://extension.zoom.us/j/579946714 
Recording: https://youtu.be/liI63L7oBQQ


MARCH 28, 2017

Japanese Orchard BeeTitle How to manage solitary orchard bees for crop pollination
Presented by: Theresa Pitts-Singer, Utah State University
Register here: https://extension.zoom.us/j/239662773 
Recording: https://youtu.be/-UvEoV6-BHs


Download the flyer for the entire 2017 Ensuring Specialty Crop Pollination Webinar Series:  2017 Bee Health and Pollination Webinar Series 

The 2017 Webinars are brought to you by the Bee Health eXtension Community of Practice; the Integrated Crop Pollination Project; and by Michigan State University, University of California,Davis, Pennsylvania State University, the Xerces Society, and University of Tennessee.  Series Coordinators: John Skinner and Katharina Ullmann. Funding provided by USDA-NIFA Specialty Crop Research Initiative Grant (#2012-51181-20105) except for webinar titled “Providing habitat for wild bees on organic farms”.


Image credits: Katharina Ullmann (Xerces Society), Emily May (Xerces Society), Logan Rowe (MSU)