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  • BeeConnected app: Register to help protect bee colonies

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    The free BeeConnected app helps to ensure that bees and agriculture can co-exist and thrive. The application allows farmers to tell beekeepers in their area when they plan to use crop protection products (including pesticide applications and the planting of treated seed). Beekeepers who have registered their hives will receive a notification if they are within five kilometres of the planned activity.

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  • Plant a Buzzing Garden

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    By planting a Buzzing Garden, we can all help to improve the number and quality of honey bee food sources, and support them in feeding their hives. Every free Buzzing Gardens kit contains seeds for five different species of non-invasive Canadian wildflowers recommended by Pollinator Partnership, and can plant a garden up to five square feet. Order your free seed kit at beesmatter.ca.

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  • Use the BeeConnected app

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    CropLife Canada and the Canadian Honey Council have introduced a smartphone-based app to help facilitate communication between beekeepers, farmers, and sprayer operators.

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  • Bee BMPs

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    Source: John Gavloski, MAFRI

    Here are best management practices to be friendly with bees and beekeepers….

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  • Bees and canola: A sweet relationship

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    Bee video_ Sweet relationship

    The Canola Council of Canada has produced four videos showing how beekeepers and canola growers can work together. Click the image above to see the video called “Canola and Bees: A sweet relationship.”

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  • Protect bees and other pollinators

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    Source: John Gavloski, MAFRI

    Canola Watch Live! included a discussion on bees and other pollinators. Here are best management practices to reduce damage to these important insects:

    —Avoid spraying flowering canola.
    —Use economic thresholds when making control decisions. Remember: Threshold covers cost of application. No profit!
    —Use the least toxic option registered for the crop.
    —Take measures to minimize drift. Wind speed/direction, drift reducing nozzles. Read Tom Wolf’s drift management tips.
    —Apply after 8:00 p.m., or into the evening and at night, when bees are less active in the field.
    —Communicate with beekeepers in your area, especially before you plan to spray your fields. That will give them a chance to move, or cover hives, or suggest safer products.
    Please report any bee kills here.

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  • Bees and canola are good for each other

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    Bees are good for canola. Canola is good for bees. Canola flowers provide an important source of nectar for honey producers in Western Canada: 80% of the honey produced in Canada comes from canola flowers. Honey bees and other pollinators can also increase canola yields. Although napus canola is self-pollinating, studies show that the extra level of pollination that bees and other pollinators provide can increase yields. This benefit should be considered when making management decisions in canola that could harm bees.

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