USDA Zone 7a - elevation 148 feet
I'd love to do that across the street in our local hay fields.
Do you own the fields across the street? If not, it might not be a good idea to overseed with anything the owner/farmer had not planted intentionally. Some plants that may be flowers for bees might be toxic to animals eating the hay.
Hay is definitely not just cut and baled weed stems.
A field that becomes infested with non-hay plants would probably be burned down with herbicide and replanted.
Point well taken. I wouldn't do it without permission.
What I can't understand is why, for example, the almond growers aren't required to set aside part of their land to grow forage for bees during the off season. It could also be done voluntarily.
In a normal rainfall year there are a lot of wild flowers in our area. Many of these wild flowers are not pollinated by bees. Wild flowers are for the most part thousands of years old. They were here before the Europeans, or whoever, brought bees to our country. As such, they are pollinated by "native" pollinators. Some of these wildflowers are forage for bees, but most of them are not. That being said, the bees and wildflowers are both beautiful, so load up on both.
Clovers and buckwheat would be better for the bees.
I am very aware of how it all works. It is not a healthy system and I think it could be improved is what I am saying. There are beekeepers in California in those areas, are there not?? I do believe I have read some comments about lack of forage after the "big event". It wouldn't be hard to plant edges and blocks here and there. JMO
If voluntarily done so I agree wholeheartedly. Farmers land, Farmers choice. JMO. G