Michigan Extension Apiary Update: Honey, Queen Events, and Varroa

HoneySo far, it’s seemed to be a pretty good honey year.  Many Michigan beekeepers report strong spring and early summer nectar flows.  Some of MSU’s hives at the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary in Hickory Corners.  Don’t let the tall grass fool you - some of the hives are 5 boxes tall!  Photo: Ana Heck Some of … Continue reading Michigan Extension Apiary Update: Honey, Queen Events, and Varroa

MSU Apiary Update: European Foulbrood, Swarming, Comb Drawing, & Varroa Treatment

MSU Apiculture Update European Foulbrood (Honey Bee Brood Disease) In early May, we found signs of European Foulbrood (EFB) in 5 colonies in our Lansing yard.  We had moved all of our colonies in Novi to Lansing in April because MSU’s COVID-19 precautions restricted travel to Novi.  We had found European Foulbrood in the Lansing … Continue reading MSU Apiary Update: European Foulbrood, Swarming, Comb Drawing, & Varroa Treatment

American Foulbrood: Be Ready and Be Responsible

We normally use our blog to update beekeepers about the Michigan State University bees we manage. While we haven't identified American Foulbrood (AFB) in our colonies this year, we think it's important for Michigan beekeepers to be prepared to identify and deal with colonies sick from AFB. Brood sick with American Foulbrood. Photo: Dan Wyns … Continue reading American Foulbrood: Be Ready and Be Responsible

Spring Webinars from MSU Apiculture Extension

Photo: Dan Wyns Spring Webinars from MSU Apiculture Extension We know that many beekeepers missed out on spring conferences and meetings, and MSU Apiculture Extension wants to make sure that you still have time to get info and ask questions. MSU Apiculture Extension will host Zoom webinars in the upcoming weeks to provide seasonal management … Continue reading Spring Webinars from MSU Apiculture Extension

MSU Sentinel Apiary Update: 2019 Varroa Trends

As part of the Bee Informed Partnership (BIP) Sentinel Apiary program, the MSU Honey Bee Program monitors apiaries throughout Michigan. Each month, we took notes on our colonies and management. We also sent a bottle of bees from each colony to the Bee Informed Partnership for the lab to quantify the number of bees and … Continue reading MSU Sentinel Apiary Update: 2019 Varroa Trends