by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener
For many of us gardeners, the winter season is a time of rest, planning and reading. We settle ourselves back into the easy chair with a throw across our lap, a warm beverage in our cup and a stack of seed catalogs and gardening books to read. I recently came across several publications on the Purdue Extension website that I enjoyed and thought you would too.
“A series of three new publications from Purdue Extension will offer homeowners, farmers and commercial applicators practical tips on protecting pollinators from insecticide exposure and other risks.
Each publication in the Protecting Pollinators series is available as a free download from Purdue’s The Education Store.
“Our intent is to provide practical tips that people will find easy to implement,” said Rick Foster, professor of entomology. Foster worked with Fred Whitford, director of the Purdue Pesticide Programs to develop this series as part of a statewide effort to raise awareness of the importance of pollinators, including honey bees, mason bees, bumble bees, flies, moths, butterflies and hummingbirds.
Funded by a Purdue Extension Issue-Based Action Team award, the series is part of a larger effort by the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency to protect pollinator health across the country, Foster said.
Foster co-authored the publications with fellow entomology professors Cliff Sadof and Doug Richmond, pest management specialist John Obermeyer and Whitford.
Each of the three publications is designed for a specific audience:
- Protecting Pollinators in Home Lawns and Landscapes is targeted to homeowners. It is available at https://edustore.purdue.edu/item.asp?Item_Number=POL-1
- Protecting Pollinators in Fruit and Vegetable Production is aimed at commercial vegetable growers. It is available at https://edustore.purdue.edu/item.asp?Item_Number=POL-2
- Tips for Commercial Agricultural Pesticide Applicators is intended for commercial applicators. It is available at https://edustore.purdue.edu/item.asp?Item_Number=POL-3 .”
As always, Happy (reading) Gardening!
More information about gardening and related subjects is available online at www.hort.purdue.edu/ext/garden_pubs The Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service can be reached at 499-6334 in LaGrange Co., 636-2111 in Noble Co., 925-2562 in DeKalb Co. and 668-1000 in Steuben Co.
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