If the bee disappears from the surface of the earth, man would have no more than four years to live. No more bees, no more pollination … no more men!
Honey Bees are an important pollinator. They specialise in bulk pollination so are especially suited for crop pollination. If you have crops in betweem Stockton and Sedgefield that require pollination then give me a call on 07769 660 133.
The crops I would be interested in although not limited to are:
- Oil Seed Rape
- Field (Broad) Beans
- Sun Flowers
Oil Seed Rape (Brassica napus)
The large fields of Yellow flowers that we see in spring has become one of the staples of British Beekeeping.
Having Bees on a crop of oil seed rape can increase crop yields by 15-20%
Broad Bean (Vicia faba)
Also known as the broad bean, fava bean, faba bean, field bean, bell bean, or tic bean.
Field beans are not only useful to Bees when they are in flower but they also have extra floral nectaries on the stems that Bees will collect nectar from even when the beans are not flowering.
Field bean produces a light golden coloured honey.
The introduction of Honey Bees to a fields beans can increase the yield by 11cwt per acre.
Borage (Borago officinalis)
Borage is a high value alternative oil seed crop and suits the same machinery as oil seed rape. Bees are essential for the pollination of borage. It produces a clear honey with a greenish tinge.
Trials in New Zealand have shown that yields increase by 20% when bees are introduced to the crop.