California almond growers have started to use BeeWhere, a program powered by a geographic information system which allows them to know where bee hives are so they can provide proper notification before applying pesticides in the orchard. Bob Curtis, a consultant for the Almond Board of California, described the BeeWhere platform as a “long-overdue quantum leap into a new age.” The platform requires beekeepers to register the locations of their hives and will allow growers to beekeepers to work together to ensure pesticides are applied in a way that will not harm the hives.
California Turns to Tech to Keep Pollinators, Pesticides Apart
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