The Center for Pollinator Research is committed to developing crop-specific best management practices guidelines for "Integrated Pollinator and Pest Management" (IPPM).

We are increasingly aware that some present-day agricultural practices are detrimental to pollinators. Instead of eliminating these practices, which could compromise agricultural efficiency, we propose that new practices can be adopted to decrease pollinator harm while maintaining production. By following the latest pollinator health research , and adjusting integrated pest and pollinator management (IPPM) recommendations to incorporate new knowledge as it becomes available, growers can maintain crop protection from pests while concurrently supporting pollinator health. This IPPM approach has already been successfully applied to orchard crops in the Northeast, and this program can be used as a model for other commodity groups.

The recommendation for developing and implementing an IPPM approach was the outcome of a workshop of scientists, stakeholders, and government representatives held at the 2013 International Pollinator Conference at Penn State. We are working together with the Xerces Society and the Penn State Horticulture Extension Team to develop these approaches and disseminate this information to extension educators and growers."

Online Resources for Growers
Pennsylvania Driftwatch: Register your bee hives and/or your agricultural fields on a local map to increase communication between growers and beekeepers in your area.

Pennsylvania Pollinator Protection Plan: This comprehensive plan covers best practices for managing land within Pennsylvania to expand and support pollinator populations. The third chapter specifically covers best practices for pesticide use.

University of California IPM Bee Precaution Pesticide Ratings: Look up the trade name or active ingredients in different pesticide formulations to review whether they are safe for bees.

Downloadable References:

Fact Sheet: Effectiveness of Neonicotinoid Seed Treatments in Soybean
This publication reviews the current research regarding the efficacy of these neonicotinoid seed treatments, their non-target effects, and the potential role for neonicotinoid seed treatments in soybean production.

Fact Sheet: Pennsylvania Pumpkin Pollination “Integrated Crop Pollination: Combining Strategies to Improve Pollination"