Prairie strips provide late-summer forage for bees

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Prairie strips provide late-summer forage for bees, Iowa State University (2019)


<p>Preliminary results from the Science-based Trails of RowcropsIntegrated with Prairie Strips (STRIPS) project reveal that crop fields with prairie strips support a more numerous and diverse community of beneficial insects, including 3.5 times more pollinator species, than crop fields without prairie strips. The STRIPS team is now working with farmers and farmland owners to determine if these results can be achieved in commercial corn and soybean fields (Fig. 1). Furthermore, we want to know if prairie improves the health of honey bees.</p>