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USDA-ARS Research Agronomist Frank Forcella (right) discusses echium with participants in the 2011 Summer Field Day at the Swan Lake Research Farm north of Morris.

A honey of a research project

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What do alternative crops being researched at the Soils Lab in Morris have to do with the almond crop in California?

Honeybees.

According to Christi Heinz, Executive Director of Project Apis m., a nonprofit honeybee research organization, the bees that will be pollinating the California almond crop in February are in Minnesota right now. And they need a diverse floral landscape to start building up their pollen stores for winter.

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