Can mechanically-applied pollen either supplement bees, or ensure an almond crop in the event of bee inefficacy or unavailability?

Written by Elizabeth J. Fichtner, Farm Advisor, UCCE Tulare County and Katherine Wilson, Staff Research Associate, UCCE Tulare County Each year during almond bloom, a fraction of growers try artificial pollination as either a supplement to bee pollination or an insurance policy against bee-inefficacy.  Several factors may impact the availability and efficacy of bees as[…]