I watched a good portion of both videos. I find it difficult to understand what the speaker is getting at. Yes, they have a varroa problem. I ask, how has the varroa problem changed? I was under the impression that the Canadians had it all figured out. They treat and keep varroa under control.Just fininshed watching latest vid. by Ian Stettler Canadian beekeeper, chairman of the organization regarding the crisis situation in their industry. I had not realized how serious it was. Two videos are below.
Edit; (I thought I was just posting the link)
However, in this case, common sense approach is due - if you place your home in floodplain - being flooded is only a question of time. To be honest, this one is on Ian himself............
Ian speaks of being only one more storm short of losing all his bees due to flooding.
Ouch! Greg are you familiar with the lay of the land in southern Manitoba. "Let them eat cake"?However, in this case, common sense approach is due - if you place your home in floodplain - being flooded is only a question of time. To be honest, this one is on Ian himself.
I know it is flat.Ouch! Greg are you familiar with the lay of the land in southern Manitoba. "Let them eat cake"?
Absolutely, I watched the video and even posted about it.Have you watched his video. I saw one where he was pulling his bee boom truck with a quad dual wheeled ag tractor. I think he has 1500 or so colonies that he puts out in his crop fields.
By this you just confirm that Ian has other options of hive placements.I'd bet a lot of money that Ian never again in his life time places hives in the area where the streams formed.
I am leaning towards the same question. Varroa has always been a huge problem for those beekeepers down south, how did we ever come to believe it would not eventually explode up here? Bees have been known to become resistant to Apivar this was the problem last fall ( as I was advised from our local bee inspector) did Canadian beekeepers all of a sudden hit the wall on this product, did we rely on it too much and let our guard down?Yes, they have a varroa problem. I ask, how has the varroa problem changed? I was under the impression that the Canadians had it all figured out.
I certainly don't know if this would be a solution for the Canadian beekeepers...well maybe I do. But it certainly can't hurt and it just might make using your own local nuclei to replace winter losses affordable...I mean, $600cdn for nucleus colonies??
And yet, isn't Apivar used world wide? So this should not just be a Canadian problem. I was always told that Apivar will eventually result in resistant mites.My contention is that Apivar has failed the Canadian beekeepers, and they have been meeting with the Apivar crowd to try to find a way around the problem. Apivar does not control mites like it used to.
The problem often arises when much of the ground is frozen, and then there is several inches of rain.Absolutely, I watched the video and even posted about it.
Yeah - it is terrible.
But in retrospect, Ian had no thoughts about a potential of being flooded and how to mitigate that probability.
A matter of fact, even 1-2 days before the event, he could still do it.