HONEY BEE BEST MANAGEMENT PRACTICES
A working partnership between growers and beekeepers is the basis for a successful pollination. Growers need to avoid any activities that put the health and safety of bees in their orchards at risk, and beekeepers are responsible for delivering and maintaining the requisite number and quality of hives.
Best Management Practices
As part of an ongoing commitment to honey bee health, Almond Board of California developed a comprehensive set of Honey Bee Best Management Practices (BMPs) for California’s almond industry. Developed with a wide array of input from sources including the almond community, beekeepers, researchers, California and U.S. regulators, and chemical registrants, “Honey Bee Best Management Practices for California Almonds” represents the Almond Board’s most extensive educational documents to date to ensure that almond orchards are and remain a safe and healthy place for honey bees. The documents lay out simple, practical steps that almond growers can take together with beekeepers and other pollination stakeholders to protect and promote bee health on their land and in the surrounding community.
- Quick Guide for Almonds
- Applicator/Drive Honey Bee Best Management Practices Quick Guide for Almonds (in English and Spanish)]
- Forage Your Way to Better Honey Bee Health
Results from ongoing research are reported in the Almond Board’s e-newsletter, “California Almonds Outlook.” For the most recent information on almond pollination issues, search for “Pollination.”
Honey Bee Forage
Studies show that planting forage provides honey bees with better nutrition, and healthy honey bees mean better pollination. Although planting forage may not be the best fit for all growers, it can provide a number of benefits where orchard conditions are favorable. See “Forage Your Way to Better Honey Bee Health” for the benefits of planting forage.
- Project Apis m. Seeds for Bees
- Pollinator Partnership Ecoregional Planting Guides
- Xerces Society Seed Mixes
Sourcing Honey Bees for Pollination
The Almond Board of California provides an Almond Pollination Directory — a searchable database of beekeepers that almond growers can use to source pollinators.