From the Kelley Beekeeping Newsletter this month:
The Honey Bee Health Coalition has released 2 new resources to help beekeepers make informed hive management decisions.
About the Honey Bee Health Coalition
The Honey Bee Health Coalition brings together beekeepers, growers, researchers, government agencies, agribusinesses, conservation groups, manufacturers, brands and other key partners to improve the health of honey bees and other pollinators. Its mission is to collaboratively implement solutions that help achieve a healthy population of honey bees while also supporting populations of native and managed pollinators in the context of productive agricultural systems and thriving ecosystems. The Coalition focuses on accelerating the collective impact of efforts in four key areas: forage and nutrition; hive management; crop pest management; and communications, outreach and education. The Honey Bee Health Coalition is a project of the Keystone Policy Center, a nationally recognized nonprofit that brings together diverse stakeholders to find collaborative, actionable solutions to public policy challenges. For more information, visit:
The link directs you to the BEST MANAGEMENT PRACTICES FOR BEE HEALTH, an 80-page document on beekeeping that includes information on safety, apiary maintenance, nutrition, bee stock, pesticide exposure and treatment of bee disease and parasites.
The second link is VARROE MANAGEMENT DECISION TOOL, an interactive flow chart that helps you with decisions on treating for varroa infestation- types of treatments available, when to apply, etc. Within this tool is information on the available treatments, timing on when to use them and some embedded videos to further explain practices involving IPM.