"Using the dropdown menu, you can quickly determine which plants are in bloom and the value of each blooming plant as nectar or pollen resources for bees.
Floral calendars are an essential tool for beekeepers. They provide information on the yearly cycles in the flow of nectar for honey production and availability of pollen. This helps beekeepers maximize honey production while maintaining colony health. This is the first time this type of information has been made available for Canadian beekeepers in an electronic and easy-to-access format.
This resource was created by the Canadian Pollination Initiative (NSERC-CANPOLIN) with financial support from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs and the University of Guelph through the Knowledge Translation and Transfer (KTT) program. Seeds of Diversity is generously hosting the website."
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
Honey bee populations have seen a fairly high mortality rate in Saskatchewan in the past five years.
Geoff Wilson, provincial specialist in apiculture -- or beekeeping -- said that an average of 23 percent mortality has plagued many beekeepers in the province over the term.
This year, anywhere from five to 90 percent of honey bee populations have faced mortality from reports coming into Wilson.
The extended winter weather has not helped either, according to Wilson.
“Just getting in to find out what’s going on with the bees has been a bit of a struggle (due to the snow),” said Wilson. “The second problem has been, there’s no pollen and nectar out there from the early flowers, so there’s no pollen to let the bees grow yet.”
Wilson said that despite this rate being higher than beekeepers are comfortable with, they are still able to make a fair profit from the colonies.
“It’s recoverable, it all depends on the price of what you’re selling of course,” said Wilson “As soon as you start hitting that 30 percent mortality the profitability becomes questionable.”
On top of providing honey and beeswax to beekeepers for profit, honey bees also play a major role in the pollination of canola plants.
“Honey bees can give a 10-15 per cent boost to the canola yields,” said Wilson.
Fruiting plants and trees also require cross-pollination -- where pollen is transferred from the flower of one plant to the flower of another -- which can be provided by honey bees.
Wilson said there are over 120 commercial beekeepers in Saskatchewan, which is a beekeeper who has more than 100 colonies.
He said the largest commercial colonies in Saskatchewan come in just under 5,000.
from Science Daily Research in the wake of Colony Collapse Disorder, a mysterious malady afflicting (primarily commercial) honey bees, suggests that pests, pathogens and pesticides all play a role. New research indicates that the honey bee diet influences the bees' ability to withstand at least some of these assaults. Some components of the nectar and pollen grains bees collect to manufacture food to support the hive increase the expression of detoxification genes that help keep honey bees healthy.
The findings appear in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
University of Illinois professor of entomology May Berenbaum, who led the study, said that many organisms use a group of enzymes called cytochrome P450 monooxygenases to break down foreign substances such as pesticides and compounds naturally found in plants, known as phytochemicals. However, honey bees have relatively few genes dedicated to this detoxification process compared to other insect species, she said.
"Bees feed on hundreds of different types of nectar and pollen, and are potentially exposed to thousands of different types of phytochemicals, yet they only have one-third to one-half the inventory of enzymes that break down these toxins compared to other species," Berenbaum said.
Determining which of the 46 P450 genes in the honey bee genome are used to metabolize constituents of their natural diet and which are used to metabolize synthetic pesticides became a "tantalizing scientific question" to her research team, Berenbaum said.
"Every frame of honey (in the honey bee hive) is phytochemically different from the next frame of honey because different nectars went in to make the honey. If you don't know what your next meal is going to be, how does your detoxification system know which enzymes to upregulate?" Berenbaum said.
Research had previously shown that eating honey turns on detoxification genes that metabolize the chemicals in honey, but the researchers wanted to identify the specific components responsible for this activity. To do this, they fed bees a mixture of sucrose and powdered sugar, called bee candy, and added different chemical components in extracts of honey. They identified p-coumaric acid as the strongest inducer of the detoxification genes.
"We found that the perfect signal, p-coumaric acid, is in everything that bees eat -- it's the monomer that goes into the macromolecule called sporopollenin, which makes up the outer wall of pollen grains. It's a great signal that tells their systems that food is coming in, and with that food, so are potential toxins," Berenbaum said.
Her team showed that p-coumaric acid turns on not only P450 genes, but representatives of every other type of detoxification gene in the genome. This signal can also turn on honey bee immunity genes that code for antimicrobial proteins.
According to Berenbaum, three other honey constituents were effective inducers of these detoxification enzymes. These components probably originate in the tree resins that bees use to make propolis, the "bee glue" which lines all of the cells and seals cracks within a hive.
"Propolis turns on immunity genes -- it's not just an antimicrobial caulk or glue. It may be medicinal, and in fact, people use it medicinally, too," Berenbaum said.
Many commercial beekeepers use honey substitutes such as high-fructose corn syrup or sugar water to feed their colonies. Berenbaum believes the new research shows that honey is "a rich source of biologically active materials that truly matter to a bee."
She hopes that future testing and development will yield honey substitutes that contain p-coumaric acid so beekeepers can enhance their bees' ability to withstand pathogens and pesticides.
Although she doesn't recommend that beekeepers "rush out and dump p-coumaric acid into their high fructose corn syrup," she hopes that her team's research can be used as the basis of future work aimed at improving bee health.
"If I were a beekeeper, I would at least try to give them some honey year-round," Berenbaum said, "because if you look at the evolutionary history of Apis mellifera, this species did not evolve with high fructose corn syrup. It is clear that honey bees are highly adapted to consuming honey as part of their diet."