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July in the Northwest Apiary

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    WVBA Meeting Jul 23, 2018
    Chemeketa Community College – Building 8, Room 201
    Salem, OR

Beekeeping Articles

Drifting

WVBA beekeepers may recall meeting Dan Wyns. Dan, with Ellen Topitzhofer, has been the 2 person BeeInformed PNW Tech Team working out of Oregon State the past 3 seasons. Dan moved back to his native state to form a Michigan Tech Team this spring. The PNW Tech teams offer regular on-site hive inspections and sampling… Read more about Drifting

2018 WVBA Loss Report

With the most recent PNW honey bee survey, the 10th year of such survey activity I received 303 responses from OR backyarders, keeping anywhere from 1 to 50 colonies; Willamette Valley members sent in 34 surveys, 10 more than the previous year, reporting loss/survivorship of 153 fall colonies. Overwintering losses of WVBA respondents was 55… Read more about 2018 WVBA Loss Report

Swarm trapping

At the April WVBA meeting Morris Ostrofsky gave lots of practical information, most from his own experience, on how to capture swarms via swarm traps. If you’re looking to increase your number of colonies, consider setting out one or more swarm/bait boxes, an inexpensive means of starting additional colonies. Swarm traps can bring the swarms… Read more about Swarm trapping

2018 winter loss/survivorship survey now open

Last year, 334 OR/WA backyarder beekeepers returned April surveys on overwintering colony losses/survivorship, and management such as colony feeding, sanitation and Varroa control efforts. There were only 24 WVBA respondents included in the OR report, 4 fewer than the previous year. A specific report for WVBA is posted on the website:  http://pnwhoneybeesurvey.com/ Colony loss levels… Read more about 2018 winter loss/survivorship survey now open

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