Monday, April 14, 2008

BEEKEEPERS SUFFER 35% LOSS OVER WINTER

DAILY GREEN The Apiary Inspectors Of America commissioned a survey of colony losses this past winter. . . . The AIA talked to beekeepers who have under their control about 18% of the nations 2.44 million colonies (about a half million colonies. . . Overall these beekeepers suffered a 35.2% loss over winter. This represents a 10% increase compared to last year. . .

Only about 29% of all the bees that died last winter died from Colony Collapse Disorder symptoms. But if your bees died of those symptoms you would lose, on average about 44% of your bees. If they died of, say starvation, you would lose only about 17% . . . which is right about what most beekeepers lose every winter. . .

The one thing this survey wasn’t able to capture was the extent of colony losses in only the past few weeks due to the abnormally late spring snow storms in the Midwest. Heavy colony losses are only just now being reported, (but not confirmed) in that region because beekeepers simply have not had weather that would permit examinations.