Delaware Managed Pollinator Protection Plan
The Delaware Department of Agriculture has unveiled its plan to protect and enhance populations of bees and other valuable pollinators in the state.
The Managed Pollinator Protection Plan includes best management practices that beekeepers, fruit and vegetable growers, and pesticide applicators can use to help pollinators thrive. It also includes strategies to increase the quantity and quality of pollinator forage on private and public lands.
Pollinated crops in Delaware include watermelon, cucumbers, strawberries, cantaloupes, apples, blueberries, cranberries, squash and pumpkins. Delaware farmers bring in about 3,000 bee colonies each year to maximize crop pollination, adding to the work of the state's 270 registered beekeepers who have between 2,000 and 3,000 hives.
One tool to protect sensitive crops is the DriftWatch program, an online initiative that helps farmers and beekeepers alert pesticide applicators about special areas before they spray.
Delaware is also involved in a three-year project to engage specialty crop growers and beekeepers in the development and implementation a pollinator protection plan, to reduce bees’ risk of pesticide exposure. We also plan to develop and model best management practices for improving the availability and quality of bee forage, which are key to improving honey and native bees’ nutrition. Both efforts combined will improve the health and vitality of bees, which will in turn enhance specialty crop pollination and allow for increased production of honey.
Farming and Pollinators
Farm Grants for Pollinator Forage
- Hedge Row
- Conservation Cover
- Field Border
Information and Education on Bees
Meadows and Buffers for Bees – Creating Mid-Atlantic Pollinator Habitats
Pollinator Partnership Monarch Fueling Project
Delaware native plant and bee plant lists
Pollinator Plants of the Mid-Atlantic region Xerces Society
Pollinator Partnership Planting guides for Delaware
Plant Sources Specifically for Native and Pollinator Plants
Bee Friendly Annual Flowers And Wildflowers – Seedland.com
Bee Friendly Wildflowers & Biennials & Perennial flowers – Seedland.com
White Flower Farm – Perennials for Pollinators
Go Native Tree Farm (by appointment only)
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