Diesel Exhaust Disrupts Bees

Diesel Exhaust Disrupts Bees

Today’s polluted environment is tough on all life. Here’s more research showing just how tough it is on honeybees: The new study offers insight into the specific hazard for pollinators from the fumes from cars, trucks, trains, ships, and heavy machinery. Significantly, the study indicates that honeybees haven’t been helped by the “cleaner” diesel now used in Europe and the United States due to regulations […]

First Semiload of Westbound Bees and Snow

First Semiload of Westbound Bees and Snow

Today, I saw my first load of commercial bees headed west. That’s almost two months ahead of what’s normal. It’s been a strange year with semi loads of bees trucking toward the Dakotas through mid-summer. Now they’re high tailing it out of there. I’ve never seen this kind of movement. Not sure what it means. And without my commercial contacts, I’ll probably not know. But […]

Migrating Bees

Migrating Bees

The annual bee migration from the major honey producing areas is the Dakotas, to the almonds fields in California, has begun. A few semi-loads of bees dribble through Casper, Wy in the previous weeks. But almost half the semis coming through here are now carrying bees. I’ll bet almost every hive in the Dakotas goes through Casper. And that’s a lot of hives. It seems […]

Commercial Beekeeping – End of Decades

Commercial Beekeeping – End of Decades

The Beginnings I’ve been around commercial beekeeping since  high school, when I was hired as cheap labor. Then, few treatments, if  any were used. And even feeding sugar,  except for emergencies, was hotly debated. I saw lots of swarms. Hive populations were large. So were the honey crops. Routine requeening wasn’t practiced. And winter loses were easily made up by splitting in the spring. After […]

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