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  1. #1
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    Default 600 hives found dead after planting GMO corn.


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    Default Re: 600 hives found dead after planting GMO corn.

    Not this again...

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    Default Re: 600 hives found dead after planting GMO corn.

    I think I've read that exact story every spring since I've been on here. The first time I laughed about it because it was posted in the fall/winter when nobody plants corn.

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    Default Re: 600 hives found dead after planting GMO corn.

    They're also mixing stories about neonics and GMO corn. GMO corn has BT gene so that it can use less pesticide.

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    Default Re: 600 hives found dead after planting GMO corn.

    It does look like this is an old story that keeps on getting pushed every year. I found this same story, but dated 2013. Still sad though.

    http://www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/ontar...-off-1.1354729

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    Default Re: 600 hives found dead after planting GMO corn.

    Absolutely no linkage is shown, or even attempted to be shown, between the corn planting and the hive deaths mentioned in the article. Its all speculation and scare-mongering.
    --shinbone
    (6th year, 13 hives, Zone 5b, 5500')

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    Default Re: 600 hives found dead after planting GMO corn.

    Here is a snopes article on the story:

    http://www.snopes.com/food/tainted/gmobeedeaths.asp

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    Default Re: 600 hives found dead after planting GMO corn.

    Sorry folks, been following beeeeping forums for quite a while and somehow previously missed this one. :-(

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    Default Re: 600 hives found dead after planting GMO corn.

    Quote Originally Posted by exmar View Post
    Sorry folks, been following beeeeping forums for quite a while and somehow previously missed this one. :-(
    That's OK. I wasn't picking on you.

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    Default Re: 600 hives found dead after planting GMO corn.

    I planted GMO sweet corn last year and seen a honey bee on the tassels.

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    Default Re: 600 hives found dead after planting GMO corn.

    I also had bugs like crazy in my GMO corn

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    Default Re: 600 hives found dead after planting GMO corn.

    IF bees died from corn being planted, the dust from the seed coating would be the likely culprit.
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    Default Re: 600 hives found dead after planting GMO corn.

    mr bush Though I do not agree that seed coat causes any problems, I have heard that the talc they use as a lubricant for the seeds to flow is bad also for bees.

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    Default Re: 600 hives found dead after planting GMO corn.

    I grow corn, and I keep bees. Bees on my corn is a rare thing. Corn is wind pollinated.
    If you want to be successful, study successful people and do what they do.
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    Default Re: 600 hives found dead after planting GMO corn.

    Quote Originally Posted by SS Auck View Post
    mr bush Though I do not agree that seed coat causes any problems, I have heard that the talc they use as a lubricant for the seeds to flow is bad also for bees.
    Problem with the talc is it gets mixed with dust from the seed. Then floats to unintended places. But the exposure risk of hives bordering a field is greater from the adjacent house spraying wasp killer on the nest being built on the soffit unless the planter vacuum system is cleaned in front of the hive.
    As stated earlier in the thread, this story is old, and is used for shock value to mislead.
    Habitually learning...

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    Default Re: 600 hives found dead after planting GMO corn.

    agreed farmer, i forgot how talc was bad, i have had bees on a row crop farm. they did great. my father in law (farmer) used graphite instead of talc, heard it was better for not spreading seed coating. also just to be clear again. I dont believe Neonics are a problem. mites are a huge problem.

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    Default Re: 600 hives found dead after planting GMO corn.

    Quote Originally Posted by BadBeeKeeper View Post
    I grow corn, and I keep bees. Bees on my corn is a rare thing. Corn is wind pollinated.
    Yup. Agreed.
    "My wife always wanted girls. Just not thousands and thousands of them......"

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    Default Re: 600 hives found dead after planting GMO corn.

    SS Auck,

    This was a seed coating issue. The seeds are treated with neonics to protect the seedlings. They uptake the small amounts as a systemic when they germinate. This was new practice around that time and the coating wasn't very sticky and would come off and the planters just shoot through the fields so fast and kicked up a lot of dust. The coating was reworked for better adhesion and I believe planting practices were changed to reduce the dust issue as much as possible but the bees did get a lethal dose of neonics via planting dust.

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