Tag Archives: agricultural crops

“over spraying” of pesticides

Who do you contact for reporting over spraying of chemicals?

RESPONSE:  There is no reporting system for reporting “over spraying” of pesticides. If you have a concern, contact your state Department of Agriculture, pesticide division. They can investigate misuse of pesticides.

“grass seed farm” herbicides

Local “grass seed farm” herbicides seem to be my biggest killer of hives. I see a heavy loss of worker bees after each spraying of mostly herbicides and/or pesticides that surround my farm and then watch general decline of the colonies until collapse overtakes them. I am moving most of my hives out of the Valley of Death to the Coast Range foothills and hope to get better survival rates this season. Keep up the good work and thanks for the survey.

Response: Pesticide sprays can be really tough on colony health. Hopefully the foothills site will be more forgiving.  Thanks for your comment.

2015 Survey Q & A – Hive Placement & Pollination

Q – Do you move your hives during the Summer to take advantage of honey flows? Do you pollinate multiple crops? (almonds, pears, apples, cranberries, carrots, sunflower)
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A-Thank you for sending us your information on overwintering success. You asked about pollination when you sent the data. Small scale beekeepers generally do not rent their colonies for pollination of agricultural crops but our larger scale do rent bee colonies to an average of 5 crops. All the crops you asked about do require and benefit from honey bee pollination. We do a separate pollination economics survey at OSU  – our report from last year was published in the June 2014 BEE LINE newsletter of the Oregon State Beekeepers. You can see this report by accessing the website orsba.org and checking on the Bee Line archive information.