BIP HiveCheck Results for March 24th – April 6th

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Spring has finally sprung across the U.S. and Southern regions are experiencing good nectar flows and adding supers! For the Northern region we’re just starting to see the last of the snow melt and some nectar flows have been seen in middle of the country and mid-atlantic. Everyone’s getting excited! For those who’ve been keeping…

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Defining Relevant Beekeeping Regions

We’ve been thinking of changing up the arbitrary HiveCheck reporting regions based on feedback from respondents, and our own pressure to make more significant beekeeping “zones” that have both climate and cultural relatedness specifically for beekeepers. Last week we asked our HiveCheck respondents to give us a hand in this pretty important task and this post details…

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Oregon State Sentinel Apiary

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Spring has come early to western Oregon and it means that monitoring and sampling of colonies in the newly established sentinel apiary is already underway. The sentinel apiary is located at the Oak Creek Center for Urban Horticulture (OCCUH) on the western edge of the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis.  The location provides a…

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Know your honey bee colonies: non-destructive testing for varroa mites

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Varroa mites (Varroa destructor) were accidentally introduced into the U.S. in 1987 and rapidly became a destructive pest of honeybees. Not only do varroa mites suck the blood (haemolymph) of the bees, they transmit disease through this feeding and generally weaken colonies (Rosenkranz et al. 2010).  Low infestations of varroa mites left without mitigation can…

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BIP HiveCheck Results for Feb 23rd – March 9th

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Looking ahead to another season it’s always interesting to start polling where beekeepers are sourcing their colonies. Our WordCloud for the week starts to give us a hint…there’s a lot of locally raised nuc and queen producers building followings in their communities! With packages hovering around $200 this year in some places it makes a…

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