Posts By: Alex Jones

BIP HiveCheck Results for March 24th – April 6th

https://beeinformed.org/2015/04/15/bip-hivecheck-results-for-march-24th-april-6th/

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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BIP HiveCheck Results for Feb 23rd – March 9th

https://beeinformed.org/2015/03/17/bip-hivecheck-results-for-feb-23rd-march-9th/

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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BIP HiveCheck Results for Feb 9th – Feb 23rd

https://beeinformed.org/2015/02/26/bip-hivecheck-results-for-feb9th-feb-23rd/

California and Florida are humming away with glimpses of what’s to come for the rest of the country, but no matter where you are hive losses are a concern. We’re seeing reports of hive losses from every region in the HiveCheck program, it will be interesting to see how these reports continue over the coming…

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BIP HiveCheck Results for Jan 19th – Feb 2nd

https://beeinformed.org/2015/02/11/bip-hivecheck-results-for-jan-19th-feb-2nd/

37 Days til spring? I don’t buy it…seriously. For those of us in the North we’ll be having another winter storm this week and then again on the weekend. My jadedness aside, this was a fantastic HiveCheck response cycle, thank you to everyone for staying strong in these cold months and providing great insight into…

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BIP HiveCheck Results for Nov 11th – Nov 24th

https://beeinformed.org/2014/12/03/bip-hivecheck-results-for-nov-11th-nov-24th/

Another week of wild weather! From 12″+ snowfall to balmy 50 degree days its been a interesting November to say the least. We’re seeing similar activity across the country both North and South, feeding 2:1 sugar syrup, buttoning up the hive entrances and taking care of the final preparations for winter. We got great suggestions…

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BIP HiveCheck Results for Oct 28th – Nov 10th

https://beeinformed.org/2014/11/14/bip-hivecheck-results-for-oct-28th-oct-10th/

Winter prep is high on the priority list so if you haven’t started now’s the time! Over 50% of respondents feeding are using 2:1 sugar syrup, and a large proportion are implementing ventilation reduction, mouse guards and insulation. A small percentage of folks have started wrapping in tar paper, it’s unclear if that’s because it’s…

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BIP HiveCheck Results for Oct 14th – Oct 27th

https://beeinformed.org/2014/11/03/bip-hivecheck-results-for-oct-14th-oct-27th/

Here in Maine we just had our first snow flurry of the season so we thought it best to start prepping the HiveCheck program for winter. Don’t worry, we’re not going anywhere! We’re working on making HiveCheck as relevant as possible during the cold months and to start we’re breaking down our national report into Northern…

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BIP HiveCheck Results for Oct 1st – Oct 13th

https://beeinformed.org/2014/10/17/bip-hivecheck-results-for-oct-1st-oct-13th/

Winter is upon us and beekeepers across the nation are getting ready! Based on our list of suggested questions we saw a lot of interest in winter preparation so we added a few questions to the survey to dive down into what folks were up to. Across the board, beekeepers are certainly getting ready but it…

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BIP HiveCheck Results for Sept 16th – Sept 30th

https://beeinformed.org/2014/10/04/bip-hivecheck-results-for-sept-16th-sept-30th/

366 Beekeepers reported in the latest BIP HiveCheck Survey and we’re gearing up to start shaking things up a bit with new questions for winter prep. This week, it looks like the honey harvest is slowing down and I’m sure everyone is getting excited with full shelves of honey in their homes and local retailers! We’re coming…

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