Did you know...
- 1/3 of the $3 trillion of agricultural produce sold each year requires pollination.
- Some crops that rely on pollination: oranges, cabbages, peppers, tomatoes, melons, apples, almonds, berries, avocados.
- The economic value of pollination worldwide may be as high as $90 billion.
- Bees are extremely important pollinators, but they are not the only pollinators.
SCI REMC maintains an original wildlife seed mix developed by the Vegetation Management Dept. to foster wildlife specifically in south central Indiana and reduce the need for herbicide. It is designed to protect from erosion, promote a more desired and manageable right-of-way floor, and enhance a diverse wildlife and pollinator nesting and foraging area.
SCI's proprietary seed mix includes: Climax Timothy (61.30%), Medium Red Clover (20.95%), Ladino Clover (3.10%), and Bee Wild Flower Mix (1.25%).
Many vital pollinator species benefit from the SCI REMC seed mix and right-of-way corridor clearing. Nesting and foraging sites are established and a diverse species list develops throughout the year. With the wildlife seed mixture used and the removal of undesirable tree species, many of the areas natural seed banks flourishes that may have lain dormant for years once opened to sunlight forming a pollinator sustainable habitat for the whole foraging season for wild and domestic pollinators.
Pollinators are essential to our area farmers of grain, fruit and nut crops, higher yields are produced with more pollinators. The cleared and reseeded right-of-way corridors are a natural and beneficial use of space that benefit many pollinator species such as bees, butterflies, humming birds, bats, flies , beetles to name a few. 75% of the pollination that takes place to local crops is done by native species of pollinators.