Artificial Nesting Sites Attract Native Pollinators

from Southern SARE

Artificial nesting sites for pollinators placed in apple orchards have shown to boost native bee populations, according to results of a Georgia Gwinnett College study.

In a Southern SARE-funded On-Farm Research Grant project, researchers focused on nesting sites for mason bees and mining bees – the workhorses of the native bee world when it comes to pollinating apple blossoms. Continue reading

Cover crops boost yields in organic fields

By Candance M. Pollock
University of Georgia, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

Organic vegetable farmers in the Southeast now have a successful model for planting summer cover crops with high-value, cool-season crops, thanks to a University of Georgia study. The two models use a series of crop rotations to increase yields, control insects and diseases, improve crop quality and build soil biomass.

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Cover Crops and Conservation Tillage equal better sweet potato production

Incorporating winter cover crops in sweet potato production may save farmers input costs, as well as improve soil fertility, increase land use efficiency, and help control insects.

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