MSU Apiculture Extension Update: Sampling, Splits, and a TV Interview

By Ana Heck USDA APHIS Survey of Honey Bee Pests and Diseases MSU and MDARD inspect a colony before collecting samples for the National Honey Bee Survey. Photo: Peter Fowler Inspectors from the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) came to the MSU Pollinator Performance Center to conduct the U.S. Department of Agriculture … Continue reading MSU Apiculture Extension Update: Sampling, Splits, and a TV Interview

MSU Apiculture Extension Update: Splits and Bees Back at Tollgate!

By Ana Heck Splitting Colonies at the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary Swarming is the way that the honey bee colony, a superorganism, reproduces. In the spring, we split strong colonies to deter swarming. You can learn more about swarm deterrence and timing of splits on our recorded webinar video, Established Colonies: Preparing for Swarm Season. We … Continue reading MSU Apiculture Extension Update: Splits and Bees Back at Tollgate!