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Cover Cropping for Pollinators and Beneficial Insects

Doug Crabtree in sunflower crop

Doug Crabtree uses many tools to make his Montana farm bee friendly. –Photo by Jennifer Hopwood

Phacelia is an attractive pollinator cover crop. – Photo by John Hayden;

Phacelia is an attractive pollinator cover crop. – Photo by John Hayden

Clover fixes nitrogen and provides bee forage. – Photo by Judson Reid

Clover fixes nitrogen and provides bee forage. – Photo by Judson Reid

INTRODUCTION

  • Basic Pollinator Ecology
  • Other Beneficial Insects

COVER CROPS ON YOUR FARM

  • Opportunities to Use Cover Crops
  • Planting and Managing Your Cover Crops

PLANT SELECTION

  • Cover Crop Cocktails
  • Common and Suggested Rotations

BALANCING INSECT CONSERVATION WITH USDA CROP INSURANCE RULES

  • TABLE: Relative Value of Cover Crop Species to Bees and Other Beneficial Insects

LIMITATIONS OF COVER CROPS

BEYOND COVER CROPS

INSECTICIDES AND INSECT CONSERVATION

  • Avoiding Pest Increases

REFERENCES

RESOURCES

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