Winterizing bee hives

Proper ventilation is important for bee colonies year round but can be especially critical in the winter. In the PNW, moisture, rather than cold temperatures, is a major contributor to decreased survival. Bees can amazingly well tolerate cold but less so when they are wet. High hive moisture is … Read more about Winterizing bee hives

Winter (mite) Preparations

Winter? It seems like a long time before we think about winter but in reality it is not so far away IF we plan to do something about mites. NOW (end August/early September) is the proper time to sample colonies to determine risk level and make mite control decisions, if you wish to do so. Why … Read more about Winter (mite) Preparations

So what is your May plan?

May and Memorial Day bracket this busy bee month. I start analyzing the pnwhoneybeesurvey responses this month, including those from WVBA members. Results will be posted as soon as I can get them gathered and analyzed. Thanks to all who filled in a survey. In May, bee-wise, we should have strong … Read more about So what is your May plan?

New and Improved HopGuard II

HopGuard II, potassium salts of Hops Beta Acids (K-HBAs), is produced from the cones of female hop plants. This biochemical miticide has been shown to be effective in combating varroa mites in bee colonies. It is manufactured by BetaTec Hop Products, a wholly owned subsidiary of Barth- Haas Group, … Read more about New and Improved HopGuard II

GOOD NEWS from OSU Bee Lab

The Oregon Master Beekeeper Program is the winner of the 2015 OSU Search for Excellence award! The OSUEA Search for Excellence program recognizes an outstanding Extension education effort, demonstrating innovation and impact. Applications for both team and individual success stores are considered in … Read more about GOOD NEWS from OSU Bee Lab

Good Record Keeping this Fall

In 2015, I surveyed 250 OR backyarder beekeepers during April seeking answers to questions about overwintering losses, colony feeding, sanitation and varroa control efforts (2015 survey questions posted on website Loss levels you reported were 27% for both 8-and … Read more about Good Record Keeping this Fall

Feeding Fall Colonies

     Feeding bees in the fall is unquestionably a way to make the  difference whether a colony survives overwinter or not. When colonies are light on food stores, feeding a heavy sugar syrup or not extracting capped honey can improve winter survival. It is the best management option to insure the … Read more about Feeding Fall Colonies