The Caffinated Lives of Bees
Caffeine improves learning and memory in bees, as it does in people. Scientists know that. But, one might wonder, what do these laboratory findings mean in terms of the actual lives of bees? It’s not as if a flower meadow is sprinkled with coffee shops.
Tools For Varroa Management
A Guide To Effective Varroa Sampling & Control
The Honey Bee Health Coalition has released a reference guide to help beekeepers sample and control varroa mite levels in their colonies. Now that we are in the month of August, the traditional treatment month for Vermont beekeepers, the relase of this reference guide is very timely.
Click Here to Download: Tools For Varroa Management
Food stressed larvae make poor adults
Inadequate access to pollen during larval development has lifelong consequences for honey bees, leading not only to smaller workers and shorter lifespans, but also to impaired performance and productivity later in life.
HopGuard II Approved For Use in Vermont
The Vermont Agency of Agriculture has received approval from the EPA for the sale and use of HopGuard II in Vermont. HopGuard II offers a relatively benign method of varroa control that can be used throughout the beekeeping season, following the manufacturers recommendations and directions.
HopGuard II is a product produced by BetaTec Hop Products.
The national distributor of HopGuard II is Mann Lake Ltd. Please visit their website to learn more or to place an order.
This video by BetaTec shows how HopGuard II is applied to a hive.
2020 Vermont Farm Show Honey Contest Winners
Judges: Mike Palmer, Michael Willard, and Paul Yanus.
BEST OF SHOW: Sarah Rath - One Comb, Section or Cut
Best of Class:
Class 120: Sarah Rath, Comb, Section or Cut
Class 121: Leanne Lessley, 1-lb Jar Honey, Extracted, Light
Class 122: Alan MacKenzie, 1-lb Jar Honey, Extracted, Amber
Class 123: No Entries, 1-lb Jar Honey, Extracted, Dark
Class 124: No Winner, 1-lb Jar Chunk Honey
Class 125: No Winner, 1-lb Jar Creamed Honey
Class 126: Leanne Lessley, Opaque Glass or Ceramic Jar Any Color Honey
Class 127: Kathy Deemer & Kiana Donegan, Honey Cookery, Lemon Chiffon Pie