Why are honey bees important to crops and farmers?
Honey bees are always working, and they travel incredible distances to collect pollen. It’s because of these amazing journeys that we are able to enjoy many foods like cucumbers, pumpkins, cherries and apples.
One out of every three bites of food we eat is a result of pollinators like honey bees, and crops like blueberries and cherries are 90 per cent dependent on pollination. Honey bees are so important that farmers often have bee hives transported and then placed on their farm to provide pollination for their crops.
Canola farmers have one of the most productive partnerships with honey bees. The canola plant provides an ideal food source for honey bees—its nectar is great for honey production, and its flowers have large quantities of pollen for honey bees to eat and spread. Additionally, according to studies, when pollinated by honey bees, canola actually produces a measurably higher yield, making the relationship highly important both for the farmers and for the honey bees.
It’s a coexistence that needs to be protected: honey bees need healthy crops and healthy crops need honey bees. In fact, the involvement of honey bees in the growth of crops is essential for farmers to maintain their livelihood, but it’s also necessary for people to keep enjoying the foods they love. That’s why it’s so important to keep their hives healthy and why farmers are so invested in their thriving presence across the country.