Washington is the #2 producer of alfalfa seed in the U.S.
Nearly 14 million lbs of alfalfa seed were produced in Washington in 2015
The state’s 2015 alfalfa seed crop was valued at nearly $35 million
Alfalfa seed production relies heavily on two bees
Alfalfa leafcutting bee
Pollinators are the single largest expense to growers of alfalfa seed
Growers can lose up to 50% of their bees to diseases, parasites, pesticides, and other causes
Techniques to integrate pollinator safety with pest management are constantly being researched and tested
Doug Walsh, Washington State IPM Coordinator and leader of the state’s Extension IPM Implementation team, leads the team’s efforts in specialty pollinator protection
Development of this website, as well as partial support of some of the outreach projects it describes, was provided by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture Crop Protection and Pest Management Competitive Grants Program.