Posts Categorized: Honey Bee Forage

Spotlight on Buckwheat

https://beeinformed.org/2013/09/10/spotlight-on-buckwheat/

Brought to America in the 1600s by Dutch settlers, buckwheat is on the mind of the average American only when its name is followed by the word pancakes. The plant, Fagopyrum esculentum, was domesticated in Asia some 5,000 to 6,000 years ago and spread in cultivation across Europe. In the U.S. buckwheat was historically grown in highest…

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Spotlight on Rabbitbrush

https://beeinformed.org/2012/10/08/spotlight-on-rabbitbrush/

Sources of fall forage are ever important as we head into winter in California. With a bloom period ranging from August through October, rabbitbrush is one such source that provides both nectar and pollen. There are many species of rabbitbrush which range from British Columbia in the North to New Mexico in the South, California…

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Spotlight on Gum Plant

https://beeinformed.org/2012/08/09/spotlight-on-gum-plant/

North Dakota landscapes, both farmed and fallow, are golden-hued with the onset of sunflower, goldenrod and gum plant bloom. These three plants belong to the family Asteraceae, commonly called the Aster or Sunflower Family. While sunflower and goldenrod are well-known late summer sources of forage, gum plant also provides a source of nectar and pollen…

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Ranunculus Poisoning

https://beeinformed.org/2012/05/31/ranunculus-poisoning/

A few weeks ago Dennis received a call regarding a Maryland beekeeper concerning what was believed to be a pesticide kill.   Throughout the conversation it was learned that there was an abundance of the common pasture weed, buttercups (Ranunculus species), growing in close proximity to the hives.  The beekeeper noted that the bees appeared to…

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Almonds, Corn & Honey Bees

https://beeinformed.org/2012/02/20/3428/

The past two times I have traveled to California for the National Honey Bee Survey sampling we have also taken a look at some specific bees that have been moved from across the country to California for the almond pollination. The bees are Zac Browning’s who is a migratory beekeeper in North Dakota and his…

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Bees in bare almonds

https://beeinformed.org/2012/02/10/bees-in-bare-almonds/

Right now, beekeepers are pretty much done with moving bees across the country and into the almonds. The beekeepers we work with are doing the same thing – moving colonies from their different yard locations across Northern California into the almonds. Now, everyone is anxiously awaiting bloom. The Blue Diamond Almond company has a website…

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Centaurea stoebe and Pollinators (Part 3)

https://beeinformed.org/2011/08/19/centaurea-stoebe-and-pollinators-part-3/

In the previous two blogs, I have talked about the invasive plant “Spotted Knapweed.” Centaurea stoebe is native to Europe and was introduced into the United States in the late 1800s through contaminated seed. Spotted knapweed is considered by some a nuisance because it displaces native plants and forage for livestock. The plant releases toxins…

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