Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year

Twenty-Fourteen is coming in with a wintry blast.  Snow today, with temps dipping to the minus 20 degree range tomorrow night.  Good luck, bees!  They were flying last Saturday with 40 degree temps, getting drinks from the melted snow on top of the hive.  Hopefully they are snuggled in nice and warm now.

Happy New Year, everyone.  I hope this isn't going to be a winter like last, when nationwide we saw 40% hive losses.  The extreme cold temps early on we're experiencing don't bode well, and this may be the coldest we've experienced with our bees in the 6 years we've been fortunate enough to be working with them.  It will be interesting to see what the spring brings.

I had news this morning from Mike White, the ISU extension viticulture expert, about a free publication from ISU on how to keep your bees safe from pesticides.
 Here is a link where you can download the publication.



We wish everyone a very happy new year.  May it be one of the best.

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