Revised Miticide Regulations

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Revised miticide  regulations have been released.  Here is the latest approved miticides from Washington State Department of Agriculture: Approved Miticide list (PDF) … [Read more...]

Dry Pollen Feeder

Photo: Paul Lundy PVC pipe feeder

Many are used to mixing pollen substitute with honey or sugar syrup then placing the patty on the hive frames. In the February 2012 issue of American Bee Journal (pages 137 to 139) by T'Lee Sollenberger is a very good article showing alternate methods of feeding supplemental pollen substitute.     I use a 4 inch PVC pipe and put it out just as the Filberts start to bloom. Two … [Read more...]

Indoor Overwintering of Honey Bees

Photo: Eric Olson

Here is an excellent research paper on the biology of wintering honey bees and indoor wintering dynamics from the Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists. The research paper is titled The Biology and Management of Colonies in Winter by Adony Melathopoulos of the Beaverlodge Research Farm, Beaverlodge, Alberta. Biology-and-Management-of-Colonies-in-Winter … [Read more...]

WSU Beekeeping Short Course in Pullman, June 14 & 15th

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Join us and your fellow beekeepers for our biennial beekeeping short course in Pullman at Washington State University. This course provides a wonderful opportunity to learn and experience a wide array of beekeeping topics. Friday, June 14th we will have a wine and cheese social with honey exchange and presentations by university graduate students and others. For those interested in the honey … [Read more...]

WSU Workshop: The Art of Queen Rearing

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The Art of Queen Rearing Workshops offered by Washington State University Honey Bee Program Steve Sheppard, Susan Cobey & honey bee laboratory graduate students WSU, Pullman – Wed-Thurs, June 12 & 13, 2013 Mt Vernon Agricultural Station – Fri, July 19, 2013 These workshops will provide an understanding of what it takes to rear high quality queens. Basic biology and methods of … [Read more...]

Swarm Management

by Bob Arnold Successful beekeeping depends upon having colonies at full strength when the major nectar flow starts. Swarming of the colony is a natural consequence of getting bees to the nectar flow with a large population of young healthy bees. Most colonies if managed to swarm strength by the major nectar flow will swarm if the colony is not managed properly. Even with the best of plans … [Read more...]