This year I have a new type of bee hive…Bee Box! It is a high density polystyrene unit. Modern Beekeeping USA was my supplier. I purchased the units at HAS and EAS this year. The assembly and painting were easy with the help of my husband, Chuck.
I am using [...]
by Peggy Garnes
A member of the Medina County Beekeepers had a booming top bar hive that needed to be split before winter and called with an offer to split with a bar exchange…what a deal.
I drove the hour to his house and spent about the same amount of [...]
Second day. More beekeepers speaking than not, and definitely interesting. Zac Browning, commercial beekeeper looked at what has changed….More stress of course, in terms of shorter bloom periods, reduced sources of food, ag chemicals…both more of them and different kinds, increased exposure to diseases and pests, primarily in almond holding yards but almost [...]
Honey Bee Health Summit. Sponsored by Project Apis m, The Honey bee Advisory Council, and Monsanto. Chesterfield, MO.
I probably haven’t mentioned that I was invited to The Honey Bee health Summit, held at Monsanto headquarters this week, held just outside of St. Louis. It kicked off this afternoon, runs all day tomorrow and finishes [...]
Beekeepers and others involved with dealing with colonies injured or killed by agricultural pesticides are encouraged to notify the proper authorities so that the incident can be recorded and data collected. This has not been easy in the past as the notification form is not easy to use, and generally, local agencies are either [...]
Some time ago the Boy Scouts Of American did away with the Beekeeping Merit Badge due to a variety of reasons. Although there was strong protest and a lot of pressure to reinstate it, they declined, at least initially, until further review. But the noise that was made, the consistent pressure especially from [...]
I’ve mentioned that almonds are one of California’s biggest crops. Just so you know, here’s some more info that supports the fact that the beekeeping industry should be paying more attention to this tree.
Last year there were 740,000 bearing acres of almonds, but more importantly, there were 85,000 acres of non-bearing acres. That [...]
November…Early this month in Florida it was 80 degrees, sunny and honey bees were gathering pollen in the wild parts, and honey in the orange groves. Ohio’s not Florida, but this year it’s not too bad … in fact it’s been uncommonly warm most days…warmer than the last few years as I recall…but then, we [...]
This isn’t too far outside the box. It’s from notes I made while in southern Missouri a couple of weeks ago, helping Michael put on honey supers. I was there for a day and a half, and we worked about 120 hives in 8 or 9 beeyards. Lunch, wonderful lunch was at a Subway…it was [...]
Here’s an outside-the-box idea someone thought of, that we’ll have a lot more on once it gets reported on at Apimondia, I’m told.
A scientist from Australia wondered about the winter cluster. So he put an airport body scanner in a walk-in freezer and scanned a clustering bunch of bees. He did this in England, [...]
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