Four Things Growers Can Do to Take C.A.R.E. During Planting

Bee Pollinating a Yellow FlowerIn 2016, nearly 84 million acres – a record number – of soybeans and 94 million acres of corn were planted in the U.S. alone, according to the USDA. The products available to growers to protect their crops from damaging pests and diseases are essential tools during planting season, but with these products comes a responsibility to ensure they’re used in an efficient, responsible manner.

The Crop Science division of Bayer has invested more than $1 billion into R&D in the last year to improve the technologies available to growers. The Bee Care Program has spent more than 30 years educating growers about the appropriate crop protection products for their land and facilitating collaboration between growers and neighboring beekeepers, an important relationship. With the help of growers, bees are able to access diverse forage across the country, and growers can further integrate responsible practices while planting.

Planting season is a particularly important time for growers to be mindful of their stewardship practices. So what can they do to make sure they’re taking “C.A.R.E.” of bees and the environment?

  1. Communicate
    • Communicate planting activities to neighboring beekeepers when practical, and be aware of beehives adjacent to the planting area.
  2. Aware
    • Be aware of wind speed and direction during planting, particularly in areas with flowering crops.
  3. Reduce
    • Help reduce the amount of dust potentially released during planting by using Fluency Agent Advanced as your seed lubricant
  4. Ensure
    • Ensure seed is planted correctly. If you’re a grower, here are a few guidelines for responsible stewardship practices and seed treatment management. Seed treatment applicators, click here.

By keeping these four principles in mind, growers can help reduce potential risk to pollinators this planting season. To learn more about product stewardship, contact your local Bayer rep. For more information on registered apiaries near you, contact your local County Agricultural Commissioner.