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Grower Resources

Working together to protect bees

Growers and beekeepers can learn a lot from each other. Whether honey bees are being used for pollination services, or if hives are simply located near agricultural land, this handout details communication topics and resources to ensure healthy crops and bees.

Wild pollinators of eastern apple orchards

Written by Cornell University, Penn State University, and the XERCES Society, this comprehensive guide introduces orchard growers to the wild bee species who pollinate their crops. It includes a photo guide to identify bees, tips for improving bee diversity in orchards, and a summary of bee toxicities for commonly used orchard pesticides.


A pesticide decision-making tool to protect pollinators in tree fruit orchards

This guide helps
 growers and pesticide applicators understand and compare the acute toxicity and synergistic effects of different pesticides
 on pollinators, helping them choose a product that is effective against target pests but poses minimal risk to bees. 

Pollination Services Contract

Beekeepers in New York rent their colonies to pollinate a variety of crops including apple, berries, pumpkins, and legumes. A written pollination contract allows both parties to clearly outline their expectations. It also ensures all factors are considered before the colonies are moved. This sample pollination contract can serve as a starting point for beekeeper-grower negotiations.