Bee Informed Partnership

Using beekeepers' real world experience to solve beekeepers' real world problems
  1. BIP HiveCheck Results for March 24th – April 6th
    Spring has finally sprung across the U.S. and Southern regions are experiencing good nectar flows and adding supers! For the Northern region we’re just starting to see the last of the snow melt and some nectar flows have been seen in middle of the country and mid-atlantic. Everyone’s getting excited! For those who’ve been keeping...
  2. Defining Relevant Beekeeping Regions
    We’ve been thinking of changing up the arbitrary HiveCheck reporting regions based on feedback from respondents, and our own pressure to make more significant beekeeping “zones” that have both climate and cultural relatedness specifically for beekeepers. Last week we asked our HiveCheck respondents to give us a hand in this pretty important task and this post details...
  3. Variable Efficacy of Mite Treatments?
    Variable efficacy of mite treatments has been a constant battle for beekeepers in the past 28 years. However, there are some things we can do in the colony to increase a treatment’s efficacy. Many treatments available to beekeepers are spread through the hive by the bees and also by the bees fanning and ventilating the...
  4. Oregon State Sentinel Apiary
    Spring has come early to western Oregon and it means that monitoring and sampling of colonies in the newly established sentinel apiary is already underway. The sentinel apiary is located at the Oak Creek Center for Urban Horticulture (OCCUH) on the western edge of the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis.  The location provides a...
  5. I prepped my honey bees for winter, but they died. What happened?
    Disclaimer: It is sometimes difficult to piece together a post-mortem of your hive. The best way to get your bees to overwinter is to plan ahead. It is disheartening when hives die, but you are planning ahead *RIGHT NOW* to increase your survivorship by learning more. A few questions: How heavy were your brood boxes...