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From Southeast Farm Press
The next big battle — which could have a major impact on agricultural pesticides — is already under way.
It involves a tiny crop pollinating insect, the honeybee, and to a lesser extent its larger cousin, the bumblebee.
It could have a significant impact on pesticides available to agriculture and how those materials are used, including a potential requirement that pesticides be applied only at night when there is no bee activity.
From the newsletter of Molly Keck, IPM Specialist in Texas
Every spring, honey bees collect nectar and pollen, the queen lays many more eggs, and they work hard making honey and more bees. This spring, we had great rains, and it was a wonderful nectar producing year for bees. This allowed them to collect more food to feed more baby bees, and their populations were built up.
Wasp and Bee Management: A Common Sense Approach is an in-depth reference based on the principles of integrated pest management (IPM). It includes detailed identification information for wasp, hornet, yellow jacket, and bee species. The risk for stings, swarms, and property damage is discussed and non-chemical recommendations are given if action is appropriate. The spiral–bound, 5-inch by 8-inch book is easy to use when scouting for wasps and bees around the landscape, home, school, or business.
A “mysterious” disorder is wiping out honeybee colonies worldwide, and one professor is hoping an interdisciplinary presentation will lead to new insight into the origins of the disorder.
North Carolina State University will play a central role in a 5-year, $5 million U.S. Department of Agriculture effort to compile a nationwide honey bee database designed to make beekeepers more productive.