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    Poll: Re: Bees, lies and evidence-based policy

    Adam, sending a farmer through the channels of bureaucracy is not going to make them feel any different than having the product banned. Its the same finger being pointed at them...
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    Poll: Re: Bees, lies and evidence-based policy

    Here is a letter to the editor published in the March OBA magazine, sent to me today by a commercial Ontario beekeeper.
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    Re: creamed honey setting solid

    I like that, "conditioning"
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    Re: Bees Only Heat the Cluster, Not the Hive?

    Right now I work off the guidelines developed local beekeeping industry. General recommendations. I'm incorporating devices to further measure the indoor conditions this winter.
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    Re: Bees Only Heat the Cluster, Not the Hive?

    Too much over thinking of the wintering process. The expulsion of heat, C02, and moisture are the variables needed to consider. All we are doing as beekeepers is trying to create a better wintering...
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    Re: Bees Only Heat the Cluster, Not the Hive?

    Just look at the situation in a simplistic stand point. Forget about what is heated and not. Just look at how much heat, C02 and moisture is expelled from the hive. Look at the most efficient...
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    Re: Nosema spore counts this fall

    According to Randy's article, freezing comb for a week gets a good kill off of nosema c spores . If so, that would be much cheaper and easier than irradiation
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    Poll: Re: Bees, lies and evidence-based policy

    Wow. Adam, I have been talking to a commercial beekeeper from Ontario. With his permission I will be contributing a view point of the issue that you might find interesting.

    Until then here is an...
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    Poll: Re: Bees, lies and evidence-based policy

    We call it crop protection, whether its treated seeds, spraying for weeds or targeting fungal infection in the head with fungicides. It does not increase yields, it protects it. measurement of...
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    Re: Bees Only Heat the Cluster, Not the Hive?

    It still amazes me how much heat kicks off those hives
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    Poll: Re: Bees, lies and evidence-based policy

    the canola treated seed targets the flea beetle but last year another species of flea beetle has moved which Helix does not control. Syngenta re-embursed our farm for the costs to spray these...
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    Poll: Re: Bees, lies and evidence-based policy

    Yes very well versed, AND managing our land which also keeps the farm in the black.
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    Re: Open Feeding (Open Feeders) methods

    I re use the straw throughout the feeding season, it tends to keep dry
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    Poll: Re: Bees, lies and evidence-based policy

    The reason why I asked about disease levels in these affected apiaries is because we need to know all the variables to be able to draw proper conclusions. A sIngle minded approach does not help in...
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    Poll: Re: Bees, lies and evidence-based policy

    "Eight studies found that neonicotinoid treatments did not provide any significant yield benefit, while 11 studies showed inconsistent benefits."

    So instead of using the seed treatment, they would...
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    Poll: Re: Bees, lies and evidence-based policy

    Irwin I'm interested in your link but it goes to a dead end.

    I agree, the seed treatment is a form of insurance from pest loss. Without it, we will be tank mixing pesticide with our herbicide to...
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    Re: Back ground noise....

    so... your not going to join in our group hug??
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    Poll: Re: Bees, lies and evidence-based policy

    The good news is the poll is showing 60% of respondents who test their bees for disease yearly. That's a good turn around from the initial participants showing 60% not testing.
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    Re: Back ground noise....

    Its not about me, its about the conversation. For me, the conversation starts here on the forum boards and extends into PM, email, and coffee around the honey house table.
    biggraham610, how far...
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    Re: Back ground noise....

    then listen up!
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    Re: Back ground noise....

    Nope, more like that annoying guy talking during a presentation. You want to hear whats being said, yet can't because that fellow never quits talking.



    How often do you get emails about a...
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    Re: Idea for Winterizing Hives - Feedback Appreciated

    Honeybees give off a tremendous amount of heat, the wrap helps conserve it.
    It is shown wrapped hives hold looser clusters and dont snap back and forth with temperature fluctuations.
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    Re: Nosema spore counts this fall

    you mentioned you knew the solution, please elaborate,?
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    Re: Cold nights and dead bees every morning

    hmmm, that seems like a lot to me. Normal attrition yes, but if they get a chance to fly everyday those bees would be flying off. I will have hives confined to the hives for weeks early fall and...
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    Poll: Re: Bees, lies and evidence-based policy

    http://s1277.photobucket.com/user/IanSteppler/media/IMG_2392_zps823e0adf.jpg.html
    corn, soybean all around this yard... along with canola and clover and alfalfa and buckwheat and sunflowers
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