The latest report of honey bee colony losses from the Bee Informed Partnership, in collaboration with the Apiary Inspectors of America and the USDA provides welcome news for beekeepers in their efforts to improve the health of their colonies in the United States. The news is good for beekeepers and their efforts to improve the health of their colonies in the U.S.
An estimated 21.1% of colonies managed were lost over the 2016-2017 winter, representing an improvement of 5.8 percentage points compared to the previous winter and falling well below the 10-year average total winter loss rate of 28.4%. It's the lowest winter loss rate since these surveys began.
For the complete report and to see a statement from Bayer Bee Care Program Principal Scientist, click here.