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Tips for August

Posted On: August 21, 2015

(Courtesy of Joli Winer, The Bee Buzzer of the Northeastern Kansas Beekeepers Association, August 2015) Use the weed eater and mow around your hives so that the bees can get in and out. After pulling off your supers check your hives to make sure they have laying queens. Provide water for your bees—this will keep Continue Reading »

Bee Health App

Posted On: August 21, 2015

Dear Apiculturists Alberta Agriculture has developed an app for “Bee Health”. Phase I of the “Bee Health” app is released. It focuses on bee diseases symptoms, diagnosis and treatment options. It is developed for iOS and Android platforms. It can be downloaded to iPhone, Samsung phone family and iPad. To download to iPad, you need Continue Reading »

USDA Encourages Producers to Consider Risk Protection Coverage before Fall Crop Sales Deadlines

Posted On: August 20, 2015

Disaster Assistance is Available for Crops that are Ineligible for Federal Insurance WASHINGTON, Aug. 20, 2015 – Farm Service Agency Administrator Val Dolcini today encouraged producers to examine the available U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) crop risk protection options, including federal crop insurance and Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) coverage, before the sales deadline Continue Reading »

Apicultural Conference Tackles Neonic Issue

Posted On: August 20, 2015

Italy Banned the Seed Treatments in 2008 by Jeffrey Carter When neonicotinoid seed treatment insecticides were effectively banned in Italy in 2008, corn growers in the northwestern part of the country grumbled. They feared yield losses to insect pests if the chemicals were to be taken away. Those fears never materialized, according to Franco Mutinelli Continue Reading »

IU Paleobotanist Identifies What Could Be the Mythical ‘First Flower’

Posted On: August 20, 2015

New analysis represents major change in the presumed nature of the planet’s earliest angiosperms Indiana University This is a large intact specimen of the fossil, Montsechia. Usually only small fragmentary pieces of the fossil are found. Credit Bernard Gomez   BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Indiana University paleobotanist David Dilcher and colleagues in Europe have identified a Continue Reading »

Indiana University’s Efforts to Help Beekeeping

Posted On: August 17, 2015

by Amy Renee Toler, Indiana University BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – For the past decade, beekeepers in the U.S. and Europe have been reporting annual bee and hive losses that are considerably higher than what would be considered normal or sustainable. U.S. beekeepers lost more than 40 percent of their colonies in 2014-15 — the second-highest loss Continue Reading »

Honey Bee Health Coalition Releases Guide to Help Beekeepers Detect, Control Varroa Mite Infestations

Posted On: August 11, 2015

Guide Equips Beekeepers of All Types with Tools to Tackle Parasite, Strengthen Hive Health The Honey Bee Health Coalition, a diverse coalition dedicated to improving the health of honey bees and other pollinators, released a guide today aimed at helping beekeepers strengthen hive health by controlling the Varroa mite (Varroa destructor). This parasitic mite undermines Continue Reading »

Some Honey Bee Colonies Adapt in Wake of Deadly Mites

Posted On: August 10, 2015

CORNELL CHRONICLE by Krishna Ramanujan A worker bee with two Varroa mites. (Tom Seeley photo) An exposed nest of a colony of honeybees living in a tree. (Tom Seeley photo) A new genetics study of wild honeybees offers clues to how a population has adapted to a mite that has devastated bee colonies worldwide. The Continue Reading »

UC Davis to Host Conference on Neonicotinoids

Posted On: August 7, 2015

by Kathy Keatley Garvey A pollen-laded honey bee heading toward pear blossoms. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)   DAVIS, CA –“Truth or Myth: Neonicotinoids and Their Impact on Pollinators: What Is the Science-Based Research?” That’s the topic of a special conference–open to the public –set from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 9 at Continue Reading »

Sweet Family Time!

Posted On: August 5, 2015

(Courtesy of The National Honey Board) Here we are – it’s August already! Can you believe it? Soon it will be time to go out and get new pencils, crayons, backpacks, clothes and new school shoes, if you haven’t already. While these thoughts may be in the back of all our minds, let’s not forget Continue Reading »

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