Re: Treatment Free - How long does it take?
I don't have any trouble believing that some miticides may impact drone viability or that queen supercedures are increasing but can you give us something more? Like which miticides (they are hardly all alike) and how often they are applied. The increased queen supercedure rate may well bean an ofshoot of drone problems but surely you would agree it isn't the only potential culprit. We mate a lot of queens each year and as I posted earlier none of our queens or drones during the matings have ever been present when a miticide has been applied. What I have experienced is an ebb and flow of success not when measured not by the initial matings (which consistently run in the 80 to 85% range) but in attrition as the summer progresses. Some years matings are clearly better than other years. I am open to all theories as to why this might be the case.
Originally Posted by WLC
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