Each Farm Service office tends to have slightly different mixes and goals. Please email us to let us know your standards and approximate budget and we will happily give you a quote to meet your needs. Rates are based on the specific blend you require.
This is a custom quote item, it is not for sale without a quote.
The Importance of Pollinators
Agricultural productivity is directly dependent on pollinators, especially bees, for producing more than one-third of our food products. In fact, bee-pollinated commodities account for $20 billion in annual U.S. agricultural production and $217 billion worldwide. In addition to bees, other pollinators, including butterflies and moths, beetles, flies, wasps, birds, and bats are necessary for pollinating more than 80 percent of plants. Without pollinators providing pollen, many plants could not set seed and reproduce; and consequently many animal populations and species would die out. This has serious economic implications for humans and for native eco-system diversity and stability.
Pollinator Habitat Initiative and the Conservation Reserve Program
Pollinators have declined worldwide as a result of habitat loss and other factors; however, the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP),— Pollinator Habitat Initiative (CP-42), offers landowners a way to create longer-lasting meadows of high-quality native wildflowers that support pollinators and other wildlife populations throughout the growing season while increasing the percentage of fast-blooming forage legumes and other wildflowers that have traditionally been a part of CRP plant mixes.
For more than 25 years, CRP has provided millions of acres of habitat for honey bees and other pollinators. With abundant acres of legume-rich forage or diverse wildflower plantings, CRP lands offer hives (bee colonies) large-scale sources of pollen and nectar that keep pollinators and their habitat healthy. CP-42 practices are comprised of native plant species although exceptions are made if diverse native seed mixes are unavailable. The species mix should include a variety of plants that ower at different times throughout the growing seasons providing a diversity of pollen sources that are critical for honey bee and native bee health. These plants can be an integral part of the conservation practices that landowners, farmers, and ranchers install as part of their conservation plan. Combined, these efforts will increase pollinator habitat across the U.S. and contribute substantially to crop pollination on farms where their habitat needs are met.
Contact your local FSA office for forms needed to enroll in this program. Phone numbers for county offices can be found online at https://www.fsa.usda.gov/state-offices/index
Meets Iowa’s CP42, 327 and 643 standards*, site-specific standards apply*
*It is up to the purchaser to confirm with local FSA office that mix that complies with requirements.
- Requires Cold Moist Stratification
- Full Sun To Part Sun
- Normal to Dry Soils
- Don't forget the cover crop.
- Don't forget the inoculant.
*All mixes may vary in % composition and species composition based upon availability.
All seed sales are final and can not be returned because they are custom mixed at the time of purchase.