In this Issue:
  • Managing Grazing Land to Enhance Bee Habitat
  • Summer Temperatures Shorten Gestation Length of Early Fall-calving Cows
  • Protecting Pollinators from Pesticides: Everyone Plays a Part
  • Crop Insurance for Beekeepers
  • Winter Management Reminders for Panhandle Beekeepers
  • Zika Virus and Mosquito Control – Recommendations for Beekeepers and Rural Landowners
  • National Beekeeper Reports Reveal a Significant Decline in Colonies, Production, and Income
  • Summer Hive Management for Panhandle Beekeepers
  • Pollination of Vegetable Crops to Maximize Your Crop’s Potential
  • Preparing Your Honey Bees for Winter
  • Beekeeping

    Managing Grazing Land to Enhance Bee Habitat

    Jose Dubeux and Liza Garcia, University of Florida – North Florida Research and Education Center

    Improved forages are not only good for livestock, but they can also help feed bees! Managing grasslands to enhance bee habitat requires similar management practices to those needed to enhance pasture for grazing livestock. Diversification of pasture species, management …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/10/06/managing-grazing-land-to-enhance-bee-habitat/

    Summer Temperatures Shorten Gestation Length of Early Fall-calving Cows

    Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist

    Each year in August, it is time for an important reminder.  Fall-calving season is here.  In fact, the start of the fall calving season often begins before some producers expect it.  The target date for the beginning of fall calving very often is September 1.  …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/08/11/late-summer-temperatures-shorten-gestation-length-of-fall-calving-cows/

    Protecting Pollinators from Pesticides: Everyone Plays a Part

    Overview

    On January 12, 2017, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its final Policy to Mitigate the Acute Risk to Bees from Pesticide Products.  This policy outlines EPA’s label statements designed to mitigate acute risks to bees from pesticides.  The recent UF/IFAS publication, Pesticide Labeling: Protection of Pollinators, provides an in-depth look at …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/08/04/protecting-pollinators-from-pesticides-everyone-plays-a-part/

    Crop Insurance for Beekeepers

    Crop insurance for beekeeper operations has been expanded to include 19 additional states and now spans the entire 48 contiguous states. On July 27th,  U.S.Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA) announced changes to the Apiculture Pilot Insurance (API) plan, ensuring greater protection for the producers’ honey, pollen collection, wax, and breeding stock.

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/08/04/crop-insurance-for-beekeepers/

    Winter Management Reminders for Panhandle Beekeepers

    January and February are pivotal months for area beekeepers. Although our warm climate is great for beekeeping, there are a few things to keep in mind while managing bee colonies this time of year.

    For general management, it’s important to feed colonies in January and February, especially if the colony seems light. It’s also a …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/01/20/winter-management-reminders-for-panhandle-beekeepers/

    Zika Virus and Mosquito Control – Recommendations for Beekeepers and Rural Landowners

    Judy Biss, UF/IFAS Extension Calhoun County Office, Jace Ford, Calhoun County Mosquito Control, Jeff Pippin, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Apiary Inspection

    By now you have probably heard about Zika Virus that is transmitted by mosquitoes.  As a beekeeper, you may be concerned about the safety of your bees during pesticide …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/09/23/zika-virus-and-mosquito-control-recommendations-for-beekeepers-and-rural-landowners/

    National Beekeeper Reports Reveal a Significant Decline in Colonies, Production, and Income

    It has been a tough year for beekeepers.  Two recent national reports revealed that beekeepers suffered the triple whammy of colony loss, reduced honey production, and lower prices, all of which ultimately reduced income over this past production year.

    The Bee Informed Partnership, in collaboration with the Apiary Inspectors of America (AIA), and the …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/06/17/national-beekeeper-reports-reveal-a-significant-decline-in-colonies-production-and-income/

    Summer Hive Management for Panhandle Beekeepers

    It’s harvest time for many choice honey crops. That means it’s also time to plan for hive maintenance concerning next year’s harvest.

    Summer is great time for hive maintenance, as there are limited active pollen producing plants. So, honey production will be at a minimum. Therefore, integrated pest management is a top priority. Beware, Varroa …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/06/10/summer-hive-management-for-panhandle-beekeepers/

    Pollination of Vegetable Crops to Maximize Your Crop’s Potential

    It won’t be long until row crops and vegetable gardens are planted and thriving once again next spring. A sometimes taken for granted, yet critical element of any prosperous crop is successful pollination. Most of us know what “text book” pollination means, but did you know in cucurbit plants, (squash, melon, pumpkin) at least 1,000 …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/01/22/pollination-of-vegetable-crops-maximize-your-crops-potential/

    Preparing Your Honey Bees for Winter

    As temperatures in North Florida grow colder, honey bees will need some special attention. There are a number of management considerations local beekeepers need to be aware of.

    Weather and Temperature

    During the winter, honeybees are less able to gather enough food to support the colony. Make sure to supply them with enough nourishment to …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2015/11/13/preparing-your-honey-bees-for-winter/

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