Almond Math

https://beeinformed.org/2019/02/28/almond-math/

There are plenty of quick stats you come across working around bees: At peak population, a strong colony can have over 60,000 individual bees. A queen is capable of laying more eggs in a day (up to 2,000) than there are minutes in a day (1,440). A single bee can produce 1/12 tsp honey in…

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Fried Drone Brood – A healthy and savory snack?

https://beeinformed.org/2019/02/22/fried-drone-brood-a-healthy-and-savory-snack/

I live close to the town of Snook, TX – where the local roadhouse is renowned for its chicken fried bacon. This dish inspired a thought; why not fry something shocking myself? I was using drone brood removal as a method of mite control in a couple colonies, and they were producing a lot of…

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Spring Hygienic Testing and California Hygienic Score Trends

https://beeinformed.org/2019/02/14/spring-hygienic-testing/

This spring we will start Hygienic testing Queen breeders’ colonies. This is my favorite type of testing for beekeepers because we get to look at the best performing colonies in the entire operation. The beekeeper we  work with often selects the best hives throughout the year for performance and marks them, then in the spring…

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Not much, but not nothing

https://beeinformed.org/2019/01/29/not-much-but-not-nothing/

What are your bees doing right now? If you’re in a northern location like me in Michigan the answer for most of the period between November and February may be not much. . .  but they aren’t doing nothing. They are dormant but they aren’t hibernating. During the period of winter dormancy the bees will…

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2018 Sentinel Apiary Program Results

https://beeinformed.org/2018/12/10/2018-sentinel-apiary-program-results/

The fourth year of the Sentinel Apiary Program was another great success! The program included 64 beekeepers sampling 418 colonies, for a total of 1,901 samples! You can view the whole 2018 Summary Report here.     We are very excited to share that 2018 Sentinel Participants had significantly lower Varroa loads than the historical…

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Eyes in the Sky: Mapping Bee Health

https://beeinformed.org/2018/12/04/eyes-in-the-sky-mapping-bee-health/

Among the most exciting aspects of BIP’s work is the wealth of data collected for years on honey bee health. This impressive, growing database is keeping a pulse on the health of American bees. With an abundance of information, and growing team to analyze it, we’ve begun to explore new methods to monitor and detect…

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BIP Mobile Bee Diagnostic Lab

https://beeinformed.org/2018/11/30/bip-mobile-bee-diagnostic-lab/

Our Bee Informed work trucks serve as virtual mobile bee labs, and are stocked with everything we need to take a variety of samples. On this particular day, the Pacific Northwest Tech Transfer Team was preparing to take virus samples in addition to the standard varroa/Nosema testing, as part of a longitudinal USDA study on…

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Was it enough?

https://beeinformed.org/2018/11/26/was-it-enough/

  One of the most critical aspects of maintaining healthy colonies is the control of Varroa mite levels. If you are a regular reader of these blogs, this will not be surprising to you. Visual inspection after applying a treatment may indicate a high mite drop but this may not be sufficient to determine if…

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Emergency response team for crashing colonies

https://beeinformed.org/2018/11/20/emergency-response-team-for-crashing-colonies/

Tech-Transfer Teams provide third-party documentation of emergency events, such as acute pesticide poisoning, for beekeepers who request this service. The Northwest team responds to at least two emergency calls every year. BIP Tech Teams provide a complete colony health assessment during these calls to help find the underlying issue or at least rule out other…

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