Pollination Conservation Challenge

At Your Farm or Ranch

There are many things that farmers and ranchers can do to help protect pollinators. If you grow insect-pollinated crops, like canola, sunflower, flax, tomatoes or berries, pollinator preservation will help improve your crop yields as well.

  1. Identify existing pollinator habitats (ground nests on bare soil, dead trees and snags) and protect them.
  2. Leave some land uncultivated so that bumblebees and pollinating flies have land to nest in and wild plants to provide food.
  3. Avoid overgrazing pastures, as this reduces the quantity of forage available to pollinators.
  4. Windbreaks of flowering shrubs and trees, such as Saskatoons, raspberries and chokecherries, provide pollinator forage and habitat, and can provide you with a nutritious berry crop.
  5. Consider providing artificial nesting sites on your land to encourage bees to nest.
  6. Use pesticides minimally, as a last resort, or not at all if possible. Good agronomic practices, such as crop rotation, growing a diversity of crops, and Integrated Pest Management, will reduce your need for pesticides.
  7. If you need to apply pesticides, avoid spraying on windy days, spray early in the morning or in the evening, and leave a buffer between the crop and any identified pollinator habitat.
Pollination Conservation Challenge - At Your Farm or Ranch