NCDA&CS helping create habitat for pollinators (Cause we really like to eat!)
Buckwheat at the Mountain Research Station in Waynesville also serves as a pollinator habitat area.
This mix of flowering plants attracts a wide variety of pollinators and will provide habitat for a long period of time.
At the Horticultural Crops Research Station in Clinton, they have planted five small sunflower plots, two wildflower mix plots, and a red clover plot. And are adding two more wildflower mixed plots. As the name suggestions, there is a lot of horticultural crops on site that can benefit from increased pollinator populations.
The station is also experimenting with field bee pollination cages, which is similar to pollinating in a greenhouse. Researchers are studying the effectiveness of controlled pollination on cucurbits.