Saturday, January 28, 2012
Friday, January 20, 2012
While it is hard to think of blooming flowers while we weather January, the big spring tree bloom is just around the corner. And with the mild winter we have had so far (don't count your chickens yet), the bloom will probably be earlier than we are used to in this region.
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Friday, January 13, 2012
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
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Monday, January 9, 2012
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Sunday, January 8, 2012
From Bee Culture
by Alan HarmanFrightening new research shows honey bees are being exposed to deadly neonicotinoid insecticides and several other agricultural pesticides throughout their foraging period. The research, published in the scientific journal PLoS One says extremely high levels of clothianidin and thiamethoxam were found in planter exhaust material produced during the planting of treated maize seed. The work, which could raise new questions about the long-term survival of the honey bee, was conducted by Christian H. Krupke of the Department of Entomology at Purdue University, Brian D. Eitzer of the Department of Analytical Chemistry at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station and Krispn Given of Purdue.
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Saturday, January 7, 2012
NPR produced a story today about a newly-discovered parasite that affects them in a way similar to the behaviors observed in association with Colony Collapse Disorder.
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Tuesday, January 3, 2012
I received a call on New Years Eve from farmer Allan with some pics of the hives (9 in total) in which many of the tops and upper supers had been toppled. He was thinking wind, but my gut says animal. We were able to save the bees, thanks to some warmer weather, and got the hives buttoned up again with straps and bricks.