The bees in the rural area are in trouble and the only difference that I come up with are the fields of corn and soybeans. Farmers have to eat too and they plant what makes them the most monies. If I were in their shoes, I probably would do the same.
I find puzzling is gmcharlie's response is that he takes all the honey and still they came thru in 2011 where he/she suffered 1% loss that grew to 30% in 2012 and his reasoning is that he is a bad beek. He/she didn't explain why he was a bad beek. I would believe that he needed to supplement the honey with some sort of sugar to keep the cluster alive. Perhaps the cluster of bees was too small going into the 2012/2013 winter was too small and it is not beyond me to think of the possibility of a link of cluster size and neonics.
I know that I have had private conversations with multiple individuals who have had 50+ colonies and they have had major losses with their bees next to the cornfields as well. I suspect that some of them don't want to tell their future customers of these failures as it could hurt their sales, so they stay mum about it.
I also don't believe that the moderator of this forum is in the back pocket of the neonics. If so, I can't imagine that neonic postings would remain where they can be searched thru google and other search engines.
BlueDiamond is reporting that 80% of the Indiana hives for this one organization survived a mild winter, which means that 20% perished during this mild winter of 2011/2012. I can't imagine that being positive press. It should have been much lower.
Most beeks are really scared for their bees and the smoking gun seems to be neonics.