State colony losses for the winter of 2013-2014
The Bee Informed Project.
The following table reports the total winter losses per state. These losses were incurred between Oct 1, 2013 and April 1, 2014. Beekeepers who moved their bees across state lines (migratory beekeepers) or managed stationary colonies in several states (multi-state beekeepers) are not included in specific state losses but are summarized together as multi-state beekeepers at the end of the table.
If the number of valid respondents (N) from one state was 5 or less, we did not report losses to protect the confidentiality of participants. The total number of colonies at risk includes colonies alive in October, plus any splits or purchases, minus any colonies or splits sold. The total winter loss is the total number of colonies lost in the state divided by the number of colonies at risk.
National loss rates were released earlier this year and can be found at http://beeinformed.org/results/national-management-survey-2012-2013/
A more complete description of winter losses will be released in January 2015 in a peer reviewed journal. Last year’s complete report can also be found at the above link.