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 of various colony management practices and their relationship with colony health. We compare the data of apiaries that suffered high colony losses with those that suffered low colony losses and search for patterns in management practices that lead to lower mortality rates.
Over the years we have been able to work with beekeepers to integrate the best performing management practices that have resulted in fewer colony losses. An epidemiological study of this magnitude takes years to complete and each new discovery is a smaller piece of the larger puzzle.
Follow the link below to the 2013 – 2014 National Management Survey to view our results:
* Some questions may not represent all survey respondents.
** Regional results of the 2013 – 2014 National Management Survey are scheduled to be released before the end of 2014.