Crucial t ofruit production is timely and efficient pollination. Pesticide and disease problems may require less reliance on honeybees for pollination purposes.
Objectives: To test feasibility of collecting and utilizing orchard mason bees native to southwest Wisconsin and importing additional orchard mason bees to build a population adequate for apple orchard pollination.
Results: Project had limited success in 1996 due to adverse weather conditions and a high mortality rate of the bee population. Project was extended for one year for further study.