Re: randy oliver article in january '17 abj
While I agree that Arista is a move in the right direction, they are far behind the curve and will be at least 10 years if not more getting to the point where some U.S. beekeepers are already at today. Note that if you read the details from Arista, there are several U.S. beekeepers involved in the program. Bob Danka is one.
Harry, I agree. You never said never. The problem succinctly stated is that varroa resistance so far is not compatible with spring pollination requirements. Bees that maintain large winter populations and can be triggered to pop in early spring will take time to develop. Dedicated long term beekeepers who are willing to do mite checks and find the small numbers of resistant queens are needed. BWeaver found 5 percent of their bees had what it takes. How would you feel if you found that 5 percent of your colonies were able to make it without treatments?
NW Alabama, 50 years, 20 colonies and growing, sideliner, treatment free since 2005, 14 frame square Dadant broodnest