Protecting the pollinators

Flowers are budding, trees are leafing, gardens are being planted, crops are growing -- and suddenly it's spring here in Ellis County.

While it's not something that is necessarily in the forefront of our minds, we can thank the lowly little honeybee for much of our beautiful flora, as well as food for our table.

To this extent, food-bearing crops depend on this marvelous little creature to pollinate plants for growth and proliferation.

While fungicides and pesticides are essential for garden and crop protection, their use becomes a "two-edged sword," as they relate to the survival of honeybees.

Many might not be aware of the many benefits our little airborne friends provide toward our overall quality of life. Yes, honeybees and plants go together. They are needed in your garden to pollinate your plants. And sadly, pesticides kill bees.

Fanners, gardeners, grounds-keepers and all who are in a position to help protect this fragile species are urged to take as conservative an approach as possible as the new season unfolds and throughout the growing season.

Mike Jensen,