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Impact of Spring Clipping on Pollination and Pests in Alfalfa Seed

Karen Strickler and Takuji Noma
Parma Research and Extension Center
University of Idaho

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This project was funded by a USDA PIAP grant, and by a USDA Cooperative Agreement with the Bee Biology and Systematics Laboratory in Utah. It anticipates the need for the Pollination Ecology program to become involved in more pesticide testing as current extension personnel retire, and as the impact of Food Quality Protection Act reduces options for lygus control. The project also builds on my research on changes in floral resources and on the prediction that releasing bees early in bloom will maximize pollination.
The research was conducted during the summer of 1999.