Take part in National Planting Week, June 5-12

Honey bee populations are on the rise in Canada according to Statistics Canada, but they still face challenges. One of the major factors affecting honey bee health is access to adequate nutrition. Honey bees spend a third of their life flying to find flowers with pollen and nectar that they can bring back to the […]

BeeConnected app facilitates communication between beekeepers and farmers

It’s well understood that honey bee health is complex and honey bees face pressures from a number of factors throughout the year including: pests and parasites like the Varroa mite, harsh weather, disease from bacteria and viruses, a lack of nutritious food sources and potential exposure to pesticides. Fortunately, according to the 2016 stats from […]

CAPA report tells good news story for Canadian honey bees

It was a successful winter for honey bees across Canada according to the latest report from the Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists (CAPA), with overwinter losses nationally just below 17 per cent. Couple this with the fact that honey bee numbers in Canada are at an all-time high and there’s a great story to tell […]

New app offers improved communication between farmers and beekeepers

CropLife Canada and the Canadian Honey Council have partnered to bring BeeConnected, an app that helps encourage communication between beekeepers and farmers, to Canada. BeeConnected anonymously connects registered farmers, beekeepers and pesticide applicators – free of charge – to provide information on any pesticide application activity or beehive locations near them – all through the […]

Health Canada points to safety and value of neonics

Two reports from the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) provide some very important perspective on the hotly debated topic of a certain type of pesticide – neonicotinoids. The PMRA released two draft reports – an interim re-evaluation of a specific neonicotinoid, imidacloprid, and a value assessment of all neonicotinoid seed treatments for corn and soybeans. […]

Overwintering bee losses in Canada on the decline: What Ontario can learn from the rest of the country

Despite a cold, hard winter in many parts of the country beekeepers in all regions except one reported better than average winter survival rates. The one region that still has a problem? Ontario, where some beekeepers have aligned themselves with environmental activist groups and fought successfully to hobble farmers by essentially banning a highly effective […]