Change in alfalfa seed industry after WWII
Seed yields doubled, from 200 lbs. per acre to over 500 lbs. per acre.
|Yields as high as 2,000 lbs. per acre
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Bee management industry developed.
|Artificial nest management
|Controlled environment for winter storage and incubation
As a result of these changes, seed yields jumped dramatically, more than
doubling, from an average of less than 200 lbs. per acre to over 500 lbs.
per acre. Some growers reported yields as high as 2,000 lbs. per acre.
A bee management industry developed in the northwest as researchers worked
out the biology of the bees;
and in collaboration with growers and entrepreneurs, created artificial
nests, management techniques for nest parasites, and related equipment. The
alfalfa leafcutting bee proved to be easy to manipulate, and is now the
dominant pollinator in Northwestern states.