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  1. #1
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    Default Cotton Plants

    Does anyone use bees as pollinators for cotton?

    I saw a report on it but I could not tell from the data if it increases the production.

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    I have never had a farmer mention an increase in production. However it makes a very dark honey.
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    According to the president to the kansas cotton growers association Cotton does not rely on insects for pollenation. But they will work it. And it does make a crop. The honey I get off cotton is a light honey some almost as clear as water. Down fall is that it will go to crystal fast. one small field I had 3 good hives on this year made about 1 ton cotton to the acre which was good for the weather we had this year. Wether the bees had any impact on that I cant say. but I can say the other fields in the area did not do that well compared to this field.

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    Default Gossypium

    According to the USDA bee pollination increases both lint and seed yields, but especially seed. Here the honey is white. Cotton also secretes nectar from extra floral nectaries on under side of leaf, kind of interesting. Like riverrat says it granulates quick and hard. In Calif you can produce cotton honey but if there is no pollen or you don't feed patties the bees will really dwindle from lack of brooding.

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    Tom, nice summary for cotton. One thing to add is that the taste is excellent, also.
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    at least at one time the largest concern with cotton as a honey plant was the quantities and frequency of herbicide and insecticide application. how these were applied seemed to have been as important as anything else (in regards to the honeybee) although long term use of land for only cotton would suggest to me that at some point the land and water would likely become contaminated also (due to the frequency and kind of products used).

    the land directly across the river from me is likely a good example. although fireants are a problem here in the general area, you will not find fireants on any of the ground used repeatly for cotton. just casually looking at beehives (others and not mine) used for pollinating watermelons on property that not that long ago was used for cotton suggest that the casualty rate for these hive is higher than I would have expected.

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