Wintering Sheds: Why are more North American beekeepers overwintering their bees in cold storage?

https://beeinformed.org/2017/12/05/wintering-sheds-why-are-more-north-american-beekeepers-overwintering-their-bees-in-cold-storage/

More and more US beekeepers are starting to place their bees in sheds for the fall, for indoor wintering. While beekeepers in Canada have done this for decades, the popularity of the practice in the US is more recent. Beekeepers began by using structures already built for onion and potato storage in Idaho to house…

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What’s in a name?

https://beeinformed.org/2017/12/01/whats-in-a-name/

Naming yards isn’t complicated but it’s an important aspect of managing a large commercial operation in order to facilitate communication between staff. Many states require apiary sites to be registered which requires filing paperwork that names the yard in addition to providing some basic information about location (latitude, longitude or nearest intersection), property ownership, and…

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A time of Thanks and Giving – 2017

https://beeinformed.org/2017/11/28/a-time-of-thanks-and-giving-2017/

IT IS GIVING TUESDAY! The Bee Informed Partnership’s – our friends call us BIP – mission is to help beekeepers keep colonies alive using real world data.  We have come a long way in the last 5 years, and we couldn’t have done it without beekeeper participation.  But running BIP costs money, and while we…

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Blister Beetle on Honey Bees

https://beeinformed.org/2017/11/09/blister-beetle-on-honey-bees/

As a Technical Transfer Team member, I have a unique perspective of beekeeping. We get to see operations of all different sizes and styles, and we see bees of varying degrees of health, strength, and occasionally odd situations. One day this fall, we noticed a particularly odd occurrence: strange orange larvae on the thorax of…

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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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Please help Puerto Rico’s honey bees

https://beeinformed.org/2017/10/26/please-help-puerto-ricos-honey-bees/

We are pleased to have Val Dolcini, the President and CEO of Pollinator Partnership as our guest blogger. Help Contribute to the beekeepers and honey bees in Puerto Rico As the US moves into winter with some beekeepers feeding heavily to make sure their bees have enough stores until spring, imagine trying to maintain active colonies…

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Everything is Bigger in Texas

https://beeinformed.org/2017/10/16/everything-is-bigger-in-texas/

                I have been working in Texas for the Bee Informed Partnership since May, 2017. Many US commercial honey bee colonies are part of migratory beekeeping operations, so I have been on the road a great deal of the last 5 months helping beekeepers monitor the health of…

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Varroa Destructor Virus-1: It’s here…

https://beeinformed.org/2017/10/10/varroa-destructor-virus-1-its-here/

This blog has been updated from the original blog posted on October 10, 2017. As of this date, December 12, 2017, the final paper describing the work below has been published and can by found in it’s entirety at this link at Nature.com **************************** One of the best things about working in research is that…

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Migratory Pallets

https://beeinformed.org/2017/10/04/migratory-pallets/

Pallets: 4-way vs. 6-way The vast majority of colonies in commercial operations are on pallets to facilitate ease of movement with forklifts. There are many design components to be considered (clip style (U vs.W), open/closed centers, screened/closed floors, drainage holes, entrance size and orientation, . . .) when building pallets but the first decision a…

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