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Planting bee forage cover crops in San Joaquin Valley

Bees run out of primary seasonal employment after petal drop and run low on food due to sparse forage. This year, several proactive farmers planted a mix of cover crops to meet this need. NRCS can help growers with honey bee and pollinator health through plantings (cover crops, hedgerows).

The constant buzzing of bees, rushing from one almond flower to the next, is quiet now after this spring’s almond pollination season in California’s San Joaquin Valley (SJV). The trucks rolled out, loaded with more than a million bee hives, destined for home on the Great Plains or other pollination jobs in California citrus orchards. 

When the almond petals drop, the bees run out of primary seasonal employment and run low on food as forage is sparse in the SJV. It wou

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