Agriculture

Professional and hobbyist beekeepers manage honey bee hives for honey production and to aid in the pollination of crops.

In the food industry, managed bee hives help ensure that flowering plant crops are pollinated and produce seeds. The seeds of these plants are the fruits, vegetables, and nuts we consume. The list below is a sample of the crops pollinated by bees.

  • Apples
  • Almonds
  • Avocados
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Clover
  • Cucumbers
  • Kiwis
  • Mangos
  • Melons
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Sunflowers
  • Strawberries

Some beekeepers travel throughout the season to areas of the country that are in need of bees to pollinate crops. This is especially important for some crops such as almonds, which flower in February before many bees are active.