Northwestern Ohio study looks at pollinators

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MINSTER, Ohio — Center Seeds, in conjunction with Rasawehr Farms, is conducting a three-year study with a variety of mixed pollinating plant species to establish ideal habitats for pollinators and to improve ecological diversity on the farming acreage in proximity to these habitats.

According to Jeff Rasawehr, they will be establishing 16 plots for a total of 52 acres in northeastern Mercer County, Ohio, and northwestern Auglaize County.

Contiguous to these plots will be an additional 530 acres of cropland that will be seeded with a diversity of plant species during the fallow period and will include some ‘diversity by design’ during the grain crop period.

Focus on bees

Nationally the decline of the honeybee populations has had epidemic proportions — Rasawehr feels that diversity, habitat and a farming system free of insecticides and genetically modified plants will restore by location viable populations of bees.

Center Seeds is a national cover crop company located in Minster, Ohio, with dealers located in 25 states.

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