Did you know that prairie strips support diverse wildlife like native pollinators and honeybees?
An apiary – a place where bees are kept – was established at Iowa State University’s Horticulture Research Station 2020 under the partnership of Randall Cass, Extension and Outreach Bee Specialist, and Nick Howell, superintendent of the Horticulture Research Station.
Earlier this year, the team debuted STRIPS Honey produced on local prairie strips. This honey represents years of research on pollinator health and survival in Iowa’s agricultural landscape.
Our research has shown prairie strips have significantly more blooming flowers, especially in late summer, a critical time when bees collect nectar for the winter. Siting hives in prairie strips leads to larger populations of bees that are more robust and produce more honey – approximately 24% more honey than bees in hives on farms without prairie strips. Recent analysis indicates that the honey’s composition comprises of a diverse mix of nectar from native asters and other prairie plants.
STRIPS Honey makes a perfect gift and sales support the Horticulture Research Station. Purchase yours today from the Iowa State Book Store.
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