Re: CCD? Try heavy feeding and a mite treatment.
Interesting read. Well thought out and written.
I don't know what the guys who are experiencing these losse3s are doing differently from those who are not. But, how much does it have to do w/ location and how the bees are used?
I pollinate two different crops, blueberries in NC and Apples in NY, and then my bees go into their Summer locations until it is time to ready them for their trip back south to SC in the Fall. I haven't experienced what others in NY have. I also believe that some folks use the same hives to pollinate more and different crops in NY. Perhaps that is too much for the colonies to take. Cultivated crops as their primary pollen source and numerous moves. We all know that trucking bees has detrimental effects to a greater or lesser degree.
One beekeeper I know concentrates on the things he can address. Mites, nosema, disease and starvation. Run strong, well fed colonies and keep the varroa knocked down and things should be fine.
Unless you get sprayed I guess. Which should be documentable and prosecutable. But, I understand it isn't oft times.
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