“Pollinators are just like people — having a diverse diet is better for them. They find that pollinator health goes up when they have access to lots of different plants because they're probably getting all their different nutritional needs met…” — Amy Bartow, Manager, NRCS Corvallis Plant Materials Center
There’s been a growing awareness of the importance of pollinators in our food ecosystem and more and more farmers are seeding pollinator strips to help build habitat for the variety of species that are important to rural landscapes and the production of crops. Amy Bartow is with the NRCS and manages the Plant Materials Center in Corvallis, Oregon, where they study pollinator habitat and native plant development.
In this episode of the No-Till Farmer Influencers & Innovators podcast, Frank Lessiter talks with Bartow about the NRCS’ recent initiatives to promote the establishment of pollinator plots and strips. Tune in as they discuss native vs. non-native pollinator mixes, the importance of diversity in the mix, the pollination value of cover crops, how no-tillers can make extra income with pollinator habitat, how weed management fits into the equation and much more.
P.S. There’s lots more great no-till stories and history in Frank Lessiter’s new book, From Maverick to Mainstream: A History of No-Till Farming. Check it out here.
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