Monthly Archives: September 2013

Regional Reports – Hot off the Press!

The regional management reports from the 2012-2013 Winter Loss and Management surveys are posted here: http://beeinformed.org/state-and-regional-survey-reports-2013/ Click on the map in your area of interest and you will be taken to all significant results for that region in pdf format.  Because we are only posting those results that showed significant differences, report content may vary…

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Spotlight on Buckwheat

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Brought to America in the 1600s by Dutch settlers, buckwheat is on the mind of the average American only when its name is followed by the word pancakes. The plant, Fagopyrum esculentum, was domesticated in Asia some 5,000 to 6,000 years ago and spread in cultivation across Europe. In the U.S. buckwheat was historically grown in highest…

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Greetings from NorCal!

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Hi everyone! I am the newest member of the Northern California Tech Transfer Team, and I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce myself and say I’m very excited to be part of the Bee Informed Partnership! I’ve only been here in the Chico/Oroville area for a couple weeks but have already learned a lot from being…

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BIP Survey Winner: Scott Jaynes

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This year and last, the commercial scale beekeepers that fill out the annual Winter Loss Survey had a chance at winning a sampling session with one of the Tech-Transfer Teams. Last year’s winner was Bob Miller in California. The year’s winner was Scott Jaynes. Scott, his brother, and his father all run bees out of…

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Whole Foods Market Takes a Stand

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The rapid decline in the honey bee population for the past several years may not set a blaring red alarm to the average person, but did you know that one out of every three bites of food you consume comes from plants pollinated by honeybees? Now you’re paying attention! The continuing decline of pollinators comes…

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Tropilaelaps Mites, Part 2

http://beeinformed.org/2013/09/tropilaelaps-mites-part-2/

Author: Elinor M. Lichtenberg Varroa mites cause significant harm to honey bee colonies word-wide. A similar pest, Tropilaelaps mites, could cause widespread damage if introduced to Europe or the Americas. We described the natural history of these mites last year. In parts of Asia where both mites are found, the Tropilaelaps mite is often considered…

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Bald Brood video

In April 2013 I wrote a blog about Bald Brood. Since then I have captured a video of myself digging out the wax moth larvae from the sealed brood. Whenever I see these symptoms I always try to remove the wax moth. For more information on bald brood please see my previous blog HERE.

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