Can bees increase crop yields?


Research organisaton

Trial details

Researcher(s) Lachie Bell
CJ Coleman
Year(s) 2006
Contributor Agriculture Kangaroo Island Incorporated
Trial location(s) , SA
Can bees increase crop yields? locations
  • To evaluate the benefit of yield and pod development from the introduction of bees and the management of the pollination process.
Key messages
  • Bees have an obvious role in honey production, but their role in pollination has yet to be truly measured in broad acre cropping.
  • Inclusion of bees, as pollinators, increased crop yield between two and 3-fold, with no increase in inputs.
Lead research organisation Agriculture Kangaroo Island Incorporated
Host research organisation N/A
Related program N/A

Many thanks to Belvista Property for Funding/Sponsorship.

Other trial partners Not specified
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Crop types Oilseed: Canola Grain Legume: Faba beans
Treatment type(s)
  • Farm operations: Other
  • Sowing: Rate
  • Sowing: Row Spacing
Trial type
Trial design

2006 Canola

Sow rate or Target density Not specified
Sow date Not specified
Harvest date Not specified
Plot size Not specified
Plot replication Not specified
Psuedoreplication Not specified

2006 Faba beans

Sow rate or Target density 120 kg/ha
Sow date 15 May 2006 15/05/2006; 10/06/2006
Harvest date Unknown
Plot size Not specified
Plot replication Not specified
Psuedoreplication Not specified
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Trial source data and summary not available
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Observed trial site soil information
Trial site soil testing
Not specified
Soil conditions
Trial site Soil texture
, SA Not specified
Derived trial site soil information
Soil Moisture Source: BOM/ANU
Average amount of water stored in the soil profile during the year, estimated by the OzWALD model-data fusion system.
Year SA
2006 459.6mm
2005 468.1mm
2004 516.2mm
2003 558.5mm
2002 525.1mm
2001 540.2mm
2000 513.6mm
National soil grid Source: CSIRO/TERN
NOTE: National Soil Grid data is aggregated information for background information on the wider area
Actual soil values can vary significantly in a small area and the trial soil tests are the most relevant data where available

Soil properties



Derived climate information

No observed climate data available for this trial.
Derived climate data is determined from trial site location and national weather sources.



Some data on this site is sourced from the Bureau of Meteorology

SILO weather estimates sourced from
Jeffrey, S.J., Carter, J.O., Moodie, K.B. and Beswick, A.R. (2001). Using spatial interpolation to construct a comprehensive archive of Australian climate data , Environmental Modelling and Software, Vol 16/4, pp 309-330. DOI: 10.1016/S1364-8152(01)00008-1.

Trial report and links

2006 trial report

Trial last modified: 20-01-2023 09:17am AEST