Posts Categorized: Around the Country

2019 California Spring Update

https://beeinformed.org/2019/06/12/2019-california-spring-update/

Many California beekeepers reported that the start of this year was the worst in 20+ years. Several factors contributed to this year’s issues, starting with the numerous fires last year causing nearly 3 months of smoke in the area. Once the days got longer, queens started laying but the temperatures dropped again and egg laying…

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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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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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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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BIP National Loss Survey Comparison with NASS results

https://beeinformed.org/2017/08/22/bip-national-loss-survey-comparison-with-nass-results/

The National Agricultural Statistical Service (NASS) recently reported the results of its second honey bee colony loss survey. The Bee Informed Partnership (BIP) also recently published preliminary loss results covering the same period. Despite the differences in methodology and sample sizes, these two surveys yielded comparable results. Specifically, we estimate 33.23% losses based on the…

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Tart Cherry Pollination

https://beeinformed.org/2017/06/21/tart-cherry-pollination/

The summer of 2017 is an exciting time for the Bee Informed Partnership as industry support and beekeeper interest has facilitated the expansion of a new BIP Tech Transfer Team based in Michigan. This expansion into a new territory means learning about the specifics of the local landscape, agricultural systems and beekeeping calendar in order…

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Interpreting and Understanding the Differences in Honey Bee Colony Loss Numbers From Different National Surveys.

https://beeinformed.org/2016/05/19/interpreting-and-understanding-the-differences-in-honey-bee-colony-loss-numbers-from-different-national-surveys/

Over the last year, and for the first time, the National Agricultural Statistical Service (NASS) conducted a survey to monitor colony losses. The Bee Informed Partnership (BIP), in collaboration with the Apiary Inspectors of America, has also recently published preliminary loss data covering the same time period. While the core purpose of these two surveys…

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The NEW Bee and Pollinator Research Lab Breaks Ground at the University of Minnesota!

https://beeinformed.org/2015/08/18/the-new-bee-and-pollinator-research-lab-breaks-ground-at-the-university-of-minnesota/

  On August 2 and 3, 2015, we had an amazing series of groundbreaking festivities to celebrate the construction of the new Bee and Pollinator Research Lab, that will be built on the St. Paul campus of the University of Minnesota beginning this fall. Beekeepers and friends from across the nation came to celebrate with…

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