No one in Oregon has suffered from CCD that I am aware of, although we show up on the map of affected states. (???)
That said, I have to agree strongly with Mr. Jarrett on one point.
We suffered a bit of a drought out here last fall and those that really cared for their bees wintered well.
I poured the light syrup and buried them in pollen patties in August last year.
This coincided with fall meds which I believe is a good combination.
It was a real brown-out in terms of nectar at that time.
We pull our honey supers earlier than most to bulk up for winter.
Our bees went to California looking better than they have ever looked that early in the year.
Also, they wintered HEAVY with feed.
I can't split them fast enough!
On the other hand, there are some that routinley pull honey in mid to late Sept and, SHEZAM!! Dere aint no stores and looky at all of them friggin mites!!!
I am totally in Mr. Jim Fischer's camp in regards to (among other things) funding for research.
Maybe it takes a disaster to wake people up to the value of our bees.
I'm for grabbing every cent for the bee labs that we can shake loose.
Just say NO to excuse-izm!
If my bees die, I am responsible.