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Any issues with the plastic queen excluders?

June 28, 2013 | FAQs

Q. Has anyone had any issues with the plastic queen excluders such as lower production for the supers after the excluder? Maybe the workers can’t get through with the pollen? Also, are screen inner covers that helpful during the summer months? Thanks. —David C. A. Beekeepers are divided on the Read more >

When would be the latest to remove the old queen?

June 28, 2013 | FAQs

Q. I live in Broken Arrow, OK. When would be latest to remove the current queen to allow bees to create a new queen and expect proper mating? —K. Sinclair A. We caught up with Kentucky senior beekeeper Joe Taylor to answer this one, who summarized with “as long as there are still plenty of drones of Read more >

Honeybees, Opportunities, and Hive Monitoring Systems

June 28, 2013 | Beeyond Beehind The Hives

By Anne Marie Fauvel, fauvela@gvsu.edu Affiliate Professor at Grand Valley State University, Michigan I became interested in honeybees a few years back. In fact, people around me say I have become obsessed with them. It began as a hobby but these fascinating insects quickly took over my life, as I am Read more >

Bee Thinking About – For June, 2013

May 30, 2013 | Bee Thinking About

For most of our readers, June is about the first month when apiary management isn’t too different in the north or the south. As always, what you need to do with your hives this time of year varies by your management philosophy, apiary goals, current weather, likely weather, and condition of your Read more >