How can we help bees and ensure that farmers continue to get consistent, reliable pollination? This video explores one solution – adding wildflowers to field edges. Planting flowers, especially before and after crops bloom, is a key way in which farmers can ensure their crop pollinators stay healthy.
To learn more about wildflowers to support crop pollinators and our USDA-NIFA Specialty Crop Research Initiative funded research project, visit
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— Koh et al. 2015. Modeling the status, trends, and impacts of wild bee abundance in the United States. PNAS. 113:1
— Blaauw and Isaacs. 2014. Flower plantings increase wild bee abundance and the pollination services provided to a pollination-dependent crop. Journal of Applied Ecology. 51:4
— Scheper et al. 2013. Environmental factors driving the effectiveness of European agri-environmental measures in mitigating pollinator loss – a meta-analysis. Ecology Letters. 16:7.
— Kleijn et al. 2015. Delivery of crop pollination services is an insufficient argument for wild pollinator conservation. Nature Communications. 7414.
— Williams et al. 2015. Native wildflower plantings support wild bee abundance and diversity in agricultural landscapes across the United States. Ecological Applications. 25:8
— CREDITS —
This research is supported by the USDA-NIFA Specialty Crop Research Initiative Coordinated Agricultural Project (Award #2012-51181-20105)
Video produced and edited by Emily May and Katharina Ullmann (The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation)
Additional footage and stills from Logan Rowe (Michigan State University) and Brett Blaauw (Rutgers University)
Character modified from Matt Wilson template (mwmotion.tv)
Many thanks to our farm partners for allowing us to film on their properties.