Beekeepers are told to put an entrance reducer on each hive before winter starts. Oft citing the need for an entrance reducer is to keep rodents out. It certainly does do that, but that's not why we use them.
Hive scale data can supply so much information. Learn in 1 year, what normally takes years to learn through traditional observation. From reading how the weight changes week to week, we can learn what is happening in the hive without having to open it.
Adam, with all due respect, it isn't my job to fact check your blog.
You've posted a link to information that is not accurate.
I'm more inclined to contribute to a discussion that takes place on Beesource than I am to proof someone's information and copy from their commercial site.
It seemed like you knew something that I didn't about organic honey. I'd be happy to update the blog and correct it if I wrote anything that was false. If there are errors, send me the details and i'll fix it.
I skipped through, but still watched a fair amount of the video. Really interesting and hadn't run across that before. The biggest thing I gathered was that bees are included in the livestock category. It doesn't seem like they should really belong there, but it seems like organic certifiers are trying to shoehorn apiculture into some category and livestock is the closest thing. Correct me if i'm wrong, but the USDA never incorporated any of the policies Stan was talking about. Even 5+ years later, organic honey is still in the same place without any real progression.
The USDA is the figure head of the US organic certification. Every US organic label says two words, Organic and USDA. For the sake of keeping it simple and approachable for the average consumer, I wrote USDA.
We don't think much about honeybees during the winter. Well they are alive and well, just in a sort of hibernation inside their hive. For the bees it is a race against time and cold weather if they are going to survive the winter.
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