Given the chronic health problems facing honey bees and the increasing demand for pollination services from almond, blueberry, cranberry, apple, vine crops and many other growers, commercial beekeepers and breeders have requested assistance in maintaining healthy colonies. To this end, we began a novel “Bee Tech Transfer Team” program through the Bee Informed Partnership, a 5-year grant funded by USDA-NIFA. These teams consist of independent beekeepers that provide on-the-ground services to commercial beekeepers to assess and record colony health information; survey beekeepers about management; test for bee diseases and parasites; and assist in breeding bees that are more resistant to diseases and parasites. There is demand for this program nationwide and we are exploring ways to ensure that the Tech Team services are economically sustainable after the funding ends in 2016. As bees are directly or indirectly responsible for 35% of our diet through their pollination services, it is critical to increase effort to keep bees healthy and to provide hands-on assistance to the beleaguered beekeeping industry throughout the U.S.
Marla Spivak is a MacArthur Fellow and McKnight Distinguished Professor in Entomology at the University of Minnesota. She has bred a line of honey bees, the Minnesota Hygienic line, to defend themselves against diseases and parasitic mites. Current studies include the benefits of propolis to honey bees, and the effects of agricultural landscapes and pesticides on honey bee and native bee health.
Each webinar will focus on a crop of joint interest to Canadian and Latin American agriculture: greenhouse crops, pome fruits and oilseeds. The webinars will feature expert presentations that address our general state of knowledge and identify areas for future research, and provide an on-line discussion forum. Participation in each one-hour webinar is free of charge but pre-registration is encouraged.
For more information about webinar presenters or how to join, click on the webinar of interest:
When using a seed flow lubricant for planting corn or soybean seed treated with neonicotinoid insecticides clothianidin, thiamethoxam or imidacloprid, only the Fluency Agent by Bayer CropScience is permitted to minimize the potential for abrasion that produces insecticidal seed dust. Talc and graphite are not permitted to be used as a seed flow lubricant for corn or soybean seed treated with these insecticides. Carefully follow the use directions provided with the Fluency Agent by Bayer CropScience.
Best Management Practices
Insect pollinators are vital to agricultural production and the environment. Many farmers, including those who grow corn and soybeans, use insecticide treated seed to protect their crop from insect pests. Some insecticides, such as neonicotinoids, are toxic to pollinators. Planting of treated seed can spread dust that contains insecticide into the air, placing pollinators at significant risk of exposure to toxic insecticides. Factors that impact the risk of exposure include the use of treated seed, type of planting equipment, planting conditions, flowering resources and bee yard locations.
The following Best Management Practices (BMPs) are provided to reduce the risk to bees and other insect pollinators from exposure to dust from treated seed. The BMPs provide a toolbox of options that should be used in combination wherever possible.
The Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation is committed to working with producers and industry to develop and deliver insurance products and services to a diverse marketplace.
The Bee Mortality Insurance Pilot Program demonstrates this commitment to working with producers and industry and the Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation’s (SCIC) ability to provide insurance products and services that meet the needs of specialized producers.
Applying for Insurance
All Crop Insurance customers are required to complete an application for insurance. Crop Insurance regulations require eligible producers to demonstrate legal, financial and operational independence from all other producers.
To obtain a contract of insurance, visit a customer service office to complete an application for insurance before March 31.
SCIC reserves the right to review any contract to ensure compliance with eligibility requirements. Where concerns are identified, the contract holder will be advised of these requirements in order to maintain their contract in future years.
Overwintering insurance is available for commercial beekeepers in Saskatchewan with a minimum of 100 colonies and be registered with the Saskatchewan Beekeepers Development Commission.
Insurable perils include adverse weather, disease and pest infestations or epidemics for which control is not possible.
Beekeepers will have to apply for a contract of insurance by March 31. The deadline to endorse overwintering insurance for coverage the following winter in June 25.
SCIC will inspect all the colonies in the fall to assess the hive’s “winter readiness.” Only hives that meet industry standard criteria at the time of this inspection will be insurable. All eligible colonies must be insured. Coverage will begin after the fall inspection and continue until the hives are inspected in the spring.
In the spring, beekeepers with a concern about winter survival will have to notify SCIC when hives are going to be unwrapped or moved outside so an adjuster can be present to inspect colonies and determine losses. If spring losses are in excess of the deductible level, the claim will be paid at the insured value.
If SCIC is not notified of a loss in the spring, coverage will terminate on May 15.
The Regina & District Bee Club would like to send our condelences out to the family and friends of our longest-standing President, Alvey John Halbgewachs.
Alvey John Halbgewachs 1939 - 2014
Alvey John Halbgewachs passed away at Sunset Extendicare on Saturday, February 15, 2014 following a long and brave battle with cancer at the age of 74 years. Alvey was born October 4, 1939 and was predeceased by his parents George and Minnie Halbgewachs; brother Donald and nephew Arley. He is survived by his loving wife of over 50 years Cecile; two daughters Carol Egert (Shayne) of Regina and Karen Campion (Kevin) of Calgary; three cherished grandchildren, Dylan, Ethan and Naomi. Alvey also leaves to cherish his memory three brothers, four sisters, sisters and brothers-in-law along with numerous nieces, nephews, extended relatives and close friends. Alvey owned and operated his own business for over 40 years in the automotive service industry until he retired and then continued on with his post retirement activity of being a beekeeper. He was an avid fisherman and hunter along with being a faithful Saskatchewan Roughrider season ticket holder for 30 years. The "Honey Man" made many friends over the years and loved nothing better than telling a good joke. His laugh was infectious. A special thank you goes out to all the doctors and nurses who assisted with Alvey's care; you always took time to listen to his stories. Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. in Holy Cross Parish, 315 Douglas Avenue East, Regina, SK with Rev. Ken Koep Celebrant. Private family interment in Riverside Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully asks that anyone who wishes may make donations, in Alvey's memory, to the Allan Blair Cancer Centre, 4101 Dewdney Ave., Regina, SK S4T 7T1 or Heart and Stroke Foundation of Sask., 279 – 3rd Ave. N., Saskatoon, SK S7K 2H8. You are invited to leave a personal message of condolence at the family's on-line Obituary at: www.myalternatives.ca. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/leaderpost/obituary.aspx?n=alvey-halbgewachs&pid=169747311#sthash.cWGIxUec.dpuf
K.B. Sterling born June 8, 1962 in East York, Ontario left us too soon on January 10, 2014 at the age of 51 years. K.B. goes to be with her mother Joan and little brother Cully who also died too soon.
K.B. leaves behind her children Alec and Madeleine Gordon as well as her husband Chris Rothecker, step-children Carter and Skylar Rothecker, father and sister James and Susan Sterling, brother-in-law Matthew Baldwin, nieces and nephews Ethan and Seamus Hall, and Ewan and Ellie Baldwin. K.B. also leaves behind many, many other relatives and friends too numerous to mention.
K.B. had a passion for life and kindness in her heart that left a bright light in every life she touched. She enjoyed life with no reservation or apology. She bathed in sunsets, drank rain from the sky, danced to thunder storms and lived every day in the most sincere celebration of life. Friends and family will say goodbye and celebrate her life at Our Saviorís Lutheran Church, 190 Massey Road, Regina, SK at 1:30 PM on Thursday, January 16, 2014.
We now have our producers list online. This list shows contact information from our members that would like to advertise that they sell products of the hive (honey, beeswax, and more). Find a beekeeper near you