Some California almond growers are planting cover crops specifically chosen as forage for bees, reports Western Farm Press. The cover crops bloom before and after the almond-flowering season, providing forage for the bees so that hives don't have to be fed supplements during the off season.
The forages help keep the bees’ healthier, encouraging better orchard pollination during flowering. The cover crops can be mowed during that time, so they don't compete with the trees.
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