Posts By: Ben Sallmann

Honeydew: A Mixed Blessing

http://beeinformed.org/2014/09/honeydew-a-mixed-blessing/

When Americans think of honey, most of us assume it comes from floral sources—basically bees collect flower nectar, add enzymes, and evaporate moisture to produce the finished product. However, I was recently talking to a friend who grew up near the Black Forest in Germany, and he told me as a child that his mother…

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Notes From Swarm Season in NorCal

http://beeinformed.org/2014/06/notes-from-swarm-season-in-norcal/

Spring has always been my favorite time of year – it seems that all living things are bursting forth with enthusiasm, and bees are no exception! Despite the huge variation in local climates and weather patterns, beekeepers in every region experience a swarm season, when the bees receive cues from nature that it is time to…

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Oxalic Acid Fogger Demostration

http://beeinformed.org/2014/02/oxalic-acid-fogger-demostration/

When it comes to Varroa control, beekeepers have always been concerned about mites’ resistance to commercial treatments available on the market. It seems the arms race never ends, but changing up treatments throughout the year can help ensure that resistant mites don’t get a foothold. There is a lot of interest in alternative mite control…

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The Basics of Moving Hives

http://beeinformed.org/2013/11/the-basics-of-moving-hives/

At some point every beekeeper will need to move hives, whether it’s a beginning hobbyist bringing home their first colony or a seasoned professional moving an entire operation across the country. Here at the NorCal Bee Informed Partnership “headquarters” in Oroville, we recently relocated 4 rooftop colonies about a half mile away because some of…

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Greetings from NorCal!

http://beeinformed.org/2013/09/greetings-from-norcal/

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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