Pollination is the crucial first step toward obtaining good yields. Most fruits grown in Michigan, including cherries, apples, peaches, pears, blueberries and cranberries, require insect pollination to ensure good fruit set.
The following resources link to a web site about establishing and managing native plant habitats in fields, orchards and conservation buffers to increase biological pest insect control and pollination services.
Conserving Native Bees on Farmland. Colorful, 4-page fact sheet. Includes native bee biology with practical advice for increasing native bee abundance. Print/view a pdf file of this bulletin, or call the MSU Extension Bulletin office (517-353-6740) to order copies. The bulletin inventory number is E-2985. A single copy costs $1.50.