Home improvement for pollinators

The next Pollinator School workshop, presented by the Mahoning County office of CFAES’s outreach arm, OSU Extension, runs from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, in Canfield in northeast Ohio. The program’s title is “Habitats.” It’s about seeing, understanding and improving where pollinators live and feed. Registration is $10. Learn more. (Photo: Getty Images.)

Bee Culture editor to speak Wednesday

The 2018 webinar series by CFAES’s Bee Lab continues at 9 a.m. Wednesday, June 20, with a talk called “Ethics in Beekeeping.” Speaking will be Kim Flottum, the editor of Medina-based Bee Culture magazine and the author of The Backyard Beekeeper and Better Beekeeping, among others.

It’s free to watch; use the “Guest Login” at 8:55 a.m.

Learn more. (Photo: iStock.)

Flower-wise, bees favor farm over city

Hungry honey bees appear to favor flowers in agricultural areas over those in neighboring urban areas, says a study done by scientists with CFAES.

The discovery, the scientists said, has implications for urban beekeepers and challenges assumptions that farmland and honey bees are incompatible.

Gather more details. (Photo: Honey bee on goldenrod, iStock.)

A handy new guide to the bees in your garden

Image of bumble bee 2Ohio’s bees are more than honey bees. They’re bumble bees (like this one), carpenter bees, cuckoo bees and others, and you can identify more than a dozen of them — types you’re likely to see in your garden — using a new pocket card from CFAES. (Photo: David Cappaert, Bugwood.org.)

Bees exposed to ‘wide, concerning range of pesticides’: Study

Honey bees living next to corn and soybean fields are “exposed to a surprisingly wide and concerning range of pesticides,” according to a May 31 Newsweek story about research involving CFAES insect scientist Elizabeth Long, who was at Purdue University at the time of the study. There’s a video interview, too, with the story.

Researcher seeking soybean fields for pollinator study

Although soybean crops are self-pollinating, some species of bee and fly pollinators can enhance soybean yields, says a CFAES researcher.

The question is, what pollinator insects are active in Ohio soybean crops?

That’s what Kelley Tilmon, a field crop entomologist with OSU Extension and OARDC, wants to know. OSU Extension and OARDC are the outreach and research arms of the college, respectively.

Tilmon is conducting a study on the issue and is seeking conventional or organic soybean growers willing to allow insect sampling equipment to be placed in their fields to identify what pollinator insects are flourishing there. Continue reading