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American Bee Journal

U.S. Honey Crops and Markets – May 2021

Winter weather is well past us now, and spring blossoms beckon our bees into the fields.  “Lord willing, and the creek don’t rise,” the  COVID-19 winter will also soon be melting away. Northeast Pennsylvania saw high winter losses, but spring buildup looked good as of late March, and ground conditions were about normal. New York exerienced a “real winter,” with…
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May 15, 2021
American Bee Journal

A seven-year study assessing pesticide residues in bee bread throughout the United States

Most beekeepers are concerned about pesticides but unsure how concerned they should be. On the one hand, every commercial beekeeper who rents their bees for pollination of almond, blueberry, apple, or other high-value crops has a story about how some of their colonies have died fairly quickly after one or more pollination events. Given what we know about pesticide exposure…
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May 15, 2021
American Bee Journal

How Much Does It Cost to Begin Beekeeping?

Some things should never be calculated. I learned this basic lesson many years ago from a skating coach. After I won my first gold medal — okay, it was some kind of yellow metal medal — I tried to tally the money I spent on skates, lessons, rink fees, travel, competitions, practice clothes, sequined costumes, motels, and meals out. The…
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May 15, 2021
American Bee Journal

What Can We Learn From Feral Honey Bees?

Studying feral honey bees is giving us a window into how they are able to persist in such a challenging world Domesticated animals often do fine if they are turned loose into the wild to fend for themselves — sometimes more than fine. Feral cats, for example, have been so successful at hunting and reproducing that they are listed as…
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May 15, 2021
American Bee Journal

The Classroom – May 2021

Q  Fermented Honey We have a few pails of fall-extracted honey from a couple of years ago that has fermented. Is it safe to feed to the bees? John Hotchkiss Ontario, March A The general rule of thumb is not to feed fermented honey to bees. It is said to cause dysentery in the bees. Thus, I do not recommend…
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May 15, 2021