There have been ongoing discussions to determine the best strategy to attract pollinator and pest predators to agricultural fields. Scientists have suggested that wildflowers as border crops may be effective. However, there must be an ideal mix of natural habitat and agricultural land. Click here to find out more details on this study conducted by Cornell University.
If you follow headlines and diligently read the news, there is often disconcerting research regarding the status of our native pollinators. Here’s a break in that trend! This study, conducted by one of our partners at NCSU, Dr. Rebecca Irwin, along with her colleagues, indicates that sunflower pollen has the potential to dramatically lower infection rates by specific pathogens. Check it out here!