Last summer we had a lengthy discussion on the impact of the spread of AHB due to hives coming out of almond pollination and accross the country. I've heard the spread may be not from the suspected source although I've seen nothing published to contradict the cause of that spread which now seems to be at a crisis level in Florida. I think since this will undoubtably be a significant impact on beekeeping in the eastern 1/2 of the country if not the whole country here is the place to post what we know, what we think and how we will deal with oncoming changes to our industry. I think the following areas need to be aired.
1) What is the actual situation in Florida (Rob you out there, can you share with us? Other beekeepers in Fl?) How large and area are we talking about today and does USDA have any updatd maps (links).
2) What will be the likely spread and How. (along the I-95 Corridor like SHB?, according to target pollination crops?)
3) Where will they spread ( what lattitude, climates are they likely to establish in. Will they be able to spread in northern area over summers through swarms damaging northern stock, Arkansas, Mississippi?)
4) How long until Current breeders in southern states are affected, where will northern beekeepers go for stock able to survive winters in in infected but non-wintering areas.
5) What managment methods will we need to change to best effect our future in beekeeping.
6) Have AHB in South America been successfully inbred with EHB's or it is pretty much not going to happen?
Just a few of my questions. I would like to help develop the Dark Winter Scenerio and work back from there together. I plan to survive this change although I think it will be more difficult than any we've yet faced.
There comes a time when we have to put the baggies and condiments aside and move on!!
[size="1"][ December 18, 2005, 10:52 AM: Message edited by: Joel ][/size]