Bees at these hives near a corn field in Cherokee, Iowa, must pass through a yellow plastic trap that scrapes off a bit of pollen. Researchers are studying whether insecticide-coated seeds could be harming the bee population.
Nathan Anderson stops his red pick-up truck alongside a cornfield on his farm near Cherokee, Iowa. The young farmer pulls on a heavy brown hoodie, thick, long, sturdy gloves and a beekeeper’s hat with a screened veil. He approaches a pair of hives sitting on the edge of a field recently planted with corn and adjusts a yellow plastic flap that traps some of the pollen the bees bring back to their hive.
Who doesn’t love Monarch Butterflies? Could you imagine the loss we would feel if they disappeared? Our guest on Central Standard today will talk to us about the decline of monarch butterfly populations. It comes down to a loss of habitat. We discuss the severity of the situation and what we can do to help turn things around? We also discuss threats to bees and the implications of having another pollinator at risk. Our guest works for K-U. Orley “Chip” Taylor is a trained insect ecologist and founded Monarch Watch some 20-years ago. It’s an opportunity to learn about monarch butterflies….
For the first time ever, an endangered species has been released back into Missouri prairies. The American Burying Beetle may be back on its way to thriving, though in this beetle's world, thriving means living underground and feasting on meatballs.
Missouri and Kansas lawmakers wrap up their legislative sessions. Corn farmers are expecting record breaking crop. Missouri agriculture officials work to create a buzz about bees. It’s a roundup of daily headlines from KCUR.