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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Results for Sept 2nd – Sept 15th + Experience Levels


It’s getting cold out there and the nation’s beekeepers are feeling it! This week’s report shows regular inspections and feeding as primary activities. We’re assuming the unusually high occurrence of nectar flow reports this late in the season is due to “Pollen Flow” not specifically nectar flow. We also added a new feature this week,…

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2013 – 2014 National Management Survey


The Bee Informed Partnership is proud to release the results of the  fourth annual National Management Survey for years 2013 – 2014.  The results from this survey represent 564,522 colonies, 21.7%  of the country’s 2.6 million colonies*. The National Management Survey, conducted since 2010, takes an epidemiological approach to acquire a greater understanding of the effects…

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BIP HiveCheck Results for Aug 18th – Sept 1st


The new HiveCheck Program is moving along quickly! It looks like everyone is hunkering down waiting for the last drops of the fall flow or continuing to feed. Check out the results and Remember to to sign up to receive localized results for your region! Sign up to be part of the HiveCheck Survey Group to Receive…

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Hybrid Carrot Seed Pollination


Carrot (Daucus carota) is a biennial member of the Apiaceae family that includes other familiar edibles like celery, parsley, fennel and dill. When grown for food, carrots are harvested at the end of the first growing season. Seed production requires the plant to receive sufficient winter chilling followed by flowering in the second season. Seed…

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Announcing HiveCheck Realtime Reports


The Bee Informed Hive Check program is a new initiative to get more frequent surveying across the nation on what’s most important to beekeepers through out the season. We’ve created a quick and easy survey with less than 10 questions to take quick polls of what beekeepers are doing in their apiaries every two weeks. Sign up…

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Watermelon pollination


Beekeepers in the Pacific Northwest are not blessed with the high honey yields of beekeepers in other regions of the country. They are more reliant on renting their bees to pollinate crops and fortunately the agriculture of the PNW has a variety and abundance of commercially grown crops that require or benefit from honeybee pollination….

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Feeding Protein


Bottom Line at the Top The BIP survey is a significant set of data having included participation of thousands of beekeepers and tens of thousands of colonies. Although the survey has not yet become refined enough to give us causative insight, it does spell out some bottom line results. My writing is my personal take…

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State-by-state colony loss 2013-2014


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…

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