Re: Pollination of soybeans
This subject has popped up in bee meetings for decades. There have been verifiable reports of soybean honey produced through the years in Louisiana and Mississippi (perhaps where Eide's reports are from) that I have heard but in the northern US (or at least the north central) the probability of finding bees working soybeans is only slightly greater than the probability of finding Sasquatch out there. No one would be more excited at the prospect of a beneficial soybean/beehive relationship but as Oldtimer pointed out earlier, farmers are a pretty bright bunch. They are always looking for a yield advantage and at current soybean prices and as many beeyards as there are around bean fields, if there was an advantage to be gained, then farmers would be knocking beekeepers doors down to get bees.
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