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    Re: Let's put together a book list

    The best detailed reference/how to book: Honeybee Biology and Beekeeping by Dewey Caron

    50 years among the bees by CC Miller and Beekeeping at Buckfast Abbey by Brother Adam are both entertaining...
  2. Re: Tough lesson for a couple of first year beeks

    It is much easier to pay attention to them and use smoke proactively than it is to use it reactively. Once you have caused a defensive reaction, it's tough to smoke them down again.

    The trick to...
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    Re: speed controller for a 1/2 hp Dayton ???

    I work in the same industry as plcnut. His advice is sound. I would probably have gone with a fully enclosed drive to save buying and installing in a box:
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  4. Bee foraging skills impaired by neonicotinoid pesticides

    News link:

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/bee-foraging-skills-impaired-by-neonicotinoid-pesticides-1.2700266

    Link to the abstract source:
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    Re: Pollen and Propolis Question

    Different colonies find different sources. This applies to nectar, pollen and propolis. I have 3 pollen traps in the same yard. The mix of pollen types in the traps can and often is drastically...
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    Filter feedback

    I am am looking for feedback on larger volume filters. Maxant single/double/quadruple vs dadant's in line filter? I am also interested in any other filter poptions.
  7. Re: CAPA Report: 58% overwinter colony mortality in Ontario.

    This is what I was trying to get at. It doesn't need to be 100% all treated seed or nothing. Practice IPM demonstrate that neonics are required. If it's safe on canola fine - then prove that's it's...
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    Perhaps, I have a couple of yards that work some canola as well with no ill effects. I don't know why it is different. I do know that Bayer used canola in the study to have the seed coating...
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    Read post 87.
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    I answered your question and won't be having any further dialogue with you, if you are going to continue to question my ethics and my business practices. I was trying to have a constructive...
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    Politics always gets in the way. The OBA have recently softened their position to try to get some sort of dialog going. They were originally calling for a ban, but are now asking for some sort usage...
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    I wouldn't attribute any losses to neonics. I already live on the edge of "northern Ontario". I try to find yards near pasture and protected areas even if only on one side. This isn't possible...
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    Corn and soybeans. I haven't heard of any issues with canola. The Ontario government actually has some funding I place this season to cover the chronic losses. There is some information on it here:...
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    We have just been down this road. If you poison my cattle due to negligence you are still responsible, property rights aren't everything.
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    Both are reported, kills during planting season and mid-season hive loss from chronic exposure.
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    We did this in Ontario already and continue to submit bee and pollen samples and report the kills . Read the 2012 and 2013 PMRA reports. The PMRA reports agreed that the use of neonics was...
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    Like a neighbours unfenced swimming pool? Sure I would move them away while making sure he addresses HIS safety issue. Property rights only go so far.

    Anyways, we've beat this death.
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    Exactly, so keep your seed dust and contaminated ground water to yourself.

    Does it really have to be this way? Is there not some sort of compromise solution? Would a temporary ban or more...
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    I don't have an issue with you seeding treated canola seed if you need to use it or spray if that's required. Just reasonably demonstrate that it is required for the success of the crop.
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    Sure, but my market is based on selling local honey to customers where I produce it. Why should I have to move because my neighbour has decided to take up a harmful practice. He hasn't even...
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    My understanding is that there was no cost difference between treated and untreated seed and that untreated corn seed wasn't readily available and had to be special ordered.
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    What are the neonics used on? corn? soybeans or is it canola? Bees forage over a 3km radius. I challenge you to find anywhere in southern Ontario that is 3km from neonic treated corn or soybeans. ...
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    I maybe should have been clearer. I was saying that coated seed wasn't expensive enough, just that it should be more expensive than uncoated seed - it should never be "free" to apply a pesticide. ...
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    It's a good point. I would like to at least see an IPM approach taken. The nearly 100% prophylactic use of these pesticides is a step backwards. A grain farmer should at least have to make a...
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    It's hard to say. The PMRA report on bee kills for this season won't come out until 6 months or a year after the season end. I am not sure if OMAFRA will release the map of bee kills locations vs...
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