Late Summer 2015
This summer our demonstration hive had even more pollen and nectar choices from the Bayer Bee Center’s growing two-acre garden. What are they collecting and what is most beneficial for bees? Seasonal pollen and nectar charts
categorized according to pollen color and beneficial value to bees are available from Eversweet Apiaries.
Abundant for late summer and early fall that offer pollen of high benefit to bees in Bayer’s Bee Care Center garden are: goldenrod, sunflowers, oregano, lavender, sage, and sedum. Others are: yellow star-thistle, phacelia (tansy and others), white and yellow clover, white mustard, heather, New England aster, cilantro, fennel and wild mint and many more.
Knowing that there are no truly "healthy" hives, we checked the demonstration hive's mite levels in August and September and applied mite treatment.
Dick Rogers, manager of Bayer bee health and integrative apiculture research, recently worked with other U.S. bee experts on the Honey Bee Health Coalition to produce a booklet, “Tools for Varroa Management, A Guide to Effective Sampling & Control
”. The guide lays out an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategy for managing Varroa mite infestations that includes: how to monitor mite levels, chemical and non-chemical methods to control the mites, and methods to determine which treatment is appropriate for a beekeeper to use at different phases in a colony’s life cycle. A mite wash demonstration video
conducted by Dick Rogers is available on our website