Big dawg, do you recall the reasoning the numbers changed from the previous year?? I sure do.... no spring, straight to summer longer breeding for mites, caused a higher might load than I have ever seen in sept...... the mites had an extra 2 months to multiply going into winter. and one of the longest latest springs we have seen around here. pretty much the story everywhere.
Ask this question, if you think we have a bee crisis, how many people that want bees don't have them?? the answer there is about zero.... if you want them, they are easy to come by for anybody....... hardly a shortage when the supply is there.