Northern Prairies beat south for honey production

This year’s drought in parts of Western Canada hurt honey production, but beekeepers in more northerly regions had a good to excellent honey crop. For example, producers in southern Alberta had a poor year but yields were better north of Calgary. “Everybody is pretty happy with their crop … for the majority,” said Mike DeJong, […] Read more


Looming antimicrobial rules will be tough on beekeepers

Few Canadian veterinarians are able to write antibiotic prescriptions for bees, which could affect hive health

A list of antimicrobials given to livestock will be available next year only with a prescription. Canadian farmers who raise cattle, hogs, sheep and poultry are gearing up for the change, but the beekeeping industry isn’t ready for the new rules. That’s because most veterinarians in Canada don’t have the knowledge or training to write […] Read more


Honey production better in north than south this year

This year’s drought in parts of Western Canada hurt honey production, but beekeepers in more northerly regions had a good to excellent honey crop. For example, producers in southern Alberta had a poor year but yields were better north of Calgary. “Everybody is pretty happy with their crop … for the majority,” said Mike DeJong, […] Read more



Looming antimicrobial rules will be tough on beekeepers

A list of antimicrobials given to livestock will be available next year only with a prescription. Canadian farmers who raise cattle, hogs, sheep and poultry are gearing up for the change, but the beekeeping industry isn’t ready for the new rules. That’s because most veterinarians in Canada don’t have the knowledge or training to write […] Read more


Poor quality queens focus of colony loss

For a long time, Canadian beekeepers have said that varroa mites are their number one problem and the main cause of bee colony failure. Not this year. In 2017, beekeepers have said that poor quality queens are the primary factor for bee colony loss. “The most frequently cited causes in order from high to low […] Read more



Winter colony losses up

Bee colony losses were higher in Canada this year, partly because April was a cold and snowy month on the Prairies. In its annual report, the Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists (CAPA) said Aug. 21 that bee colony losses in Canada were 25.1 percent for the winter of 2016-17. (PDF format) The national winter loss […] Read more


Bees thrive on farmland: study

A recent study has determined that cropland benefits bees. In a paper published in the Journal of Economic Entomology (PDF format), University of Tennessee scientists, including lead author Mohamed Alburaki, compared beehives located in agricultural land to bee colonies in non-farming areas. They found that bees that foraged on farmland thrived, and bees that foraged […] Read more


Bee population decline sees beekeeper boom

Beekeeping is now cool. Well, maybe not cool, but it could be more popular than ever in Canada. The University of Manitoba offers a non-credit beekeeping course every winter and for the last three years it’s been packed with students. In fact, overflowing. Rob Currie, a U of M entomologist and a course instructors, said […] Read more



VIDEO: One bee doesn’t fit all jobs

The distance a honeybee will fly to gather nectar or pollen is an important factor in crop economics. It dictates the number of hives needed to ensure successful pollination of seed canola crops and also has implications for optimum hive location. Sam Robinson, a PhD student at the University of Calgary, is studying that distance […] Read more


Opinions, studies on neonicotinoids contradictory

Farmers, apiculturists and ag researchers say many studies citing harm to bee populations don’t hold up

Ontario’s plan to restrict neonicotinoid use is on track now that a request to appeal the new regulations was denied, but the debate is far from over. Ontario farmers cannot use the seed treatments on 50 percent of their crops this year and on any of them next year unless they submit crop and soil […] Read more