Posts By: Garett Slater

Advancing beekeeping through special projects and industry trials

https://beeinformed.org/2018/11/07/advancing-beekeeping-through-special-projects-and-industry-trials/

The agriculture sector includes many industries, such as crop and livestock systems. Unlike beekeeping, these other industries have true extension services, which direct programs for change. These changes advance the industry, promote sustainable practices, and enhance production practices. However, beekeepers have rarely had true extension services and service to their issues, until now. The Bee…

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The signs of mite damage- How to identify progressed varroosis?

https://beeinformed.org/2018/09/26/the-signs-of-mite-damage-how-to-identify-progressed-varroosis/

Varroa infested colonies entered the United States in ~1987, and changed beekeeping forever. Beekeeping has always been time consuming, difficult and experience oriented; however, beekeeping became even more challenging when beekeepers were called to eradicate a bug on another bug. Since its introduction in the US, beekeepers have reported high annual colony losses due to…

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Supplementing Bees with Acai Powder: My Upcoming Summer Trial

https://beeinformed.org/2018/05/03/supplementing-bees-with-acai-powder-my-upcoming-summer-trial/

I have a few perks working with Bee Informed Partnership out of the University of Minnesota: 1)I get to build relationships with many commercial beekeepers,  2)I have access to the University of Minnesota lab equipment and 3) I get to utilize Marla Spivak’s great mind along with other members of the lab. Because I have…

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Comb Management Part 2: Comb size

https://beeinformed.org/2017/11/03/comb-management-part2-comb-size/

  Artificial foundation was developed shortly after the invention of the removable frames. The first foundation frame was invented by Johannes Mehring in Germany (Graham, 1992). But as more people began producing artificial foundation for Langstroth hives, beekeepers began experimenting with different sized cells.  Fast forward to today; we see both small cell and standard…

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Comb Management: Part 1

https://beeinformed.org/2017/09/14/comb-management-part-1/

Comb management is an important aspect of beekeeping, but comb management has not always been a management strategy of beekeepers. Rather, comb management is a fairly new concept. Beekeepers started managing comb with the invention of the Langstroth hive in the 1850’s. Today, comb management is a common practice for beekeepers, and an aspect of…

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Meet Garett Slater! New Midwest Tech Team Member

https://beeinformed.org/2017/06/16/meet-garett-slater-new-midwest-tech-team-member-2/

        I am the newest member of the Midwest Tech-Transfer Team! I, along with my trusty comrade Phoebe Koenig, work primarily with Minnesota and North Dakota migratory beekeepers. We sample colonies for Nosema and Varroa, while performing whole colony inspections negative health symptoms, i.e. diseases, pathogens, pesticides. I am new to BIP,…

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