EPA finds neonic Gaucho threatens bees

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has found that imidacloprid, a neonicotinoid insecticide, poses a risk to bee colonies. In a preliminary risk assessment released this morning, the EPA said imidacloprid, a Bayer product with the brand name Gaucho, is a threat to bee hives when imidacloprid residues on a crop reach 25 parts per billion. […] Read more

Bees used to defeat crop pests

Mainstream television networks and news magazines don’t normally report on innovations in pest management. However, MacLean’s, Global News and other media outlets have reported on a Canadian company with a unique method for defeating crop pests. BVT, a Mississauga firm specializing in bee vectoring technology, has developed a system that uses bumblebees to deliver microbial […] Read more

News coverage of honeybee numbers questioned

The opening line of an article posted on CBC News’s website last May summarized a commonly held belief about honeybees: “The collapse of bee colonies nationwide (in Canada) is well-established and beyond dispute.” A provocative lead, but not true. Statistics Canada data shows that honeybee colony numbers have increased steadily from 637,920 colonies in 2011 […] Read more

Beekeepers produce bumper honey crop

Canadian beekeepers had a fantastic honey crop this year, as national production is the second highest in the last 15 years. Statistics Canada, in a release issued this morning, said apiarists produced 95.3 million pounds of honey, up from 85.5 million last year and 76.5 million in 2013. Alberta was responsible for most of the […] Read more

VIDEO: New hive design makes honey collection easier

There’s a buzz in the beekeeping world about a new method of extracting honey from the hive. The Flow Hive is a patented split cell technology developed by Stuart and Cedar Anderson of New South Wales, Australia. The father and son apiarists said they have spent more than 10 years developing their flow frames with […] Read more

Urban hobbyists send apiarist numbers up

The cost of honey may be sparking interest

The number of beekeepers in Canada has increased 18 percent since 2010. The country now has 8,777 apiarists compared to 7,403 in 2010, according to a Statistics Canada report on honey production, released Dec. 9. The increase may be good news for bees, but national honey production isn’t on the rise. Canada produced 81.6 million […] Read more

Ontario plans to limit neonic seed treatments

RIDGETOWN, Ont. — Ontario could become the first jurisdiction in North America to limit neonicotinoid seed treatment use if the province’s agriculture minister holds to a statement issued last week. “Our intention is to move away from the widespread, indiscriminate use of neonicotinoid-based pesticides,” Jeff Leal said. “It is my intention that we will consult […] Read more

Study examines honeybee health

Survey will look at hive samples from different regions to determine problem pests

BEAVERLODGE, Alta. —Bees may be tiny, but they can suffer from a lot of health problems. A four-year national health survey plans to take a snapshot of the health of Canada’s honeybees “We hope to have a base line of disease, pests and parasites that are common in Canada,” said Carlos Castillo, manager of the […] Read more

DriftWatch offers map of bees in Saskatchewan

Dozens already sign on | Organizations collaborate on program to reduce bee deaths linked to spraying

Saskatchewan beekeepers and organic growers have a new program to prevent pesticide accidents. Provincial apiarist Geoff Wilson said beekeepers and farmers are already participating in the project, known as DriftWatch. “It’s only been up for less than a week and we’ve had quite a few (producers) come on board,” Wilson said. DriftWatch is an online […] Read more

Bees come through gruelling winter in good condition

Varroa mite control Alberta saw losses of about 15 percent this year compared to 24 percent last year. Beekeepers there credit mite control applications in spring and fall

Last year’s brutal winter was a tough slog for most Canadians, but prairie bees thrived in the cold and snow. Beekeepers in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba are reporting relatively low winter losses compared to previous years. Medhat Nasr, provincial apiculturist for Alberta, said most beekeepers lost 10 to 15 percent of their colonies over the […] Read more