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SCOTCH BROOM: Don’t spray pollinators in bloom

As a beekeeper, I got cold sweats while reading the letter advising people to poison or cut down scotch broom now, while it’s in bloom (TNT, 5-22).

Honeybee losses topped 40 percent this past year, with summer die-offs greater than the expected winter losses. When people poison blooming plants, it can mean poisoning native and managed bees and maybe even killing an entire colony.

Bees get food from flowers - pollen for protein and nectar for carbohydrate. Bees foraging on sprayed flowers ingest the poison. Maybe they die right away. If not, they take the poison back to the nest where

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BEES: Understand importance of pollinators

June 17-23 is National Pollinator Week, when honeybees, bumblebees, butterflies, hummingbirds, bats, wasps, ants, moths and some small mammals are celebrated for providing us with fruits, nuts and vegetables.

Pollinators make the delicious possible. They provide us with oranges, apples, blueberries, almonds, apricots, blackberries, cherries, cranberries, melons, plums, pumpkins and alfalfa, to name a few. Much of the pollination of the U.S. food supply comes from managed pollinators: beekeepers. Sixty percent of beekeepers in the U.S. provide pollination services to American agriculture. It takes one to three hives per acre to pollinate apples.

Beekeepers are an integral part of the

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