R.D. Offutt, the largest potato grower in the US, planted non-productive corners of its potato fields in Minnesota with regional wildflower seeds to create environmentally diverse habitats and increase the number of pollinators.
The habitats provide forage for honeybees, monarch butterflies and other pollinating insects, as well as reducing soil erosion and protecting water resources.
Syngenta advised on how to prepare the sites and which plants to use. In 2015, more than 240 hectares were planted – a good size of project when even small areas of less than half a hectare can make a difference.