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? 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
Bees are really amazing creatures. IF they survive winter, a big IF these days, their spring colony expansion is one of the incredible features of a bee colony. Given pollen, good enough weather to forage and a healthy population, the colony will expand from a cluster the size of a softball to a … Read more about Softball to Exercise ball – spring colony expansion
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?
April is survey month. I hope you have or will complete a survey on overwintering losses/successes and what you have been doing for varroa management. It should take no more than 10 minutes to complete a survey. Address is www.pnwhoneybeesurvey.com/survey or simply use search engine to find … Read more about SO AFTER SURVEY What’s your April Plan?
Survivorship Survey Last year, 250 OR/WA backyarder beekeepers were surveyed during April seeking information on overwintering colony losses/survivorship, and management such as colony feeding, sanitation and Varroa control efforts. Results: … Read more about PNW SURVEY OF BEE HEALTH & BEEKEEPING PRACTICES
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
The Honey Bee Health Coalition (HBHC) semi-annual meeting, with over 30 members in attendance, was held at the American Farm Bureau Federation in Washington, D.C. this past fall. Our meeting concluded with a high-profile reception atop the Department of Interior Building in Washington, partnered … Read more about Honey Bee Heath Coalition report
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
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 pnwhoneybesurvey.com/annual-surveys). Loss levels you reported were 27% for both 8-and … Read more about Good Record Keeping this Fall
The recent successful Bee booth at 150th Oregon State Fair is now history. Although nine local bee associations each helped cover a day at the fair, WVBA members play a dominant role each year in establishing, peopling and making the Bee Booth a reality. The organizing committee thanks once again … Read more about Oh YES he CAN, He’s our Fred Mann
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