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The great extractor debate

Every year new hobby beekeepers—those who have never harvested honey nor overwintered a colony—want to know if they should buy an extractor. It’s a personal call, but if you are asking my opinion, my opinion is “Are you kidding?” Worse, soon-to-be beekeepers sometimes order the extractor along with the first hive. Talk about putting the […] Read more

Let’s spray the trees while they bloom! Great idea!

You have probably heard by now that 25,000 bumble bees were killed last Saturday in a shopping center parking lot in Wilsonville, Oregon. The parking lot is home to 55 European linden trees which were sprayed for aphids in spite of being loaded with bumble bees. The Oregon Department of Agriculture said, “tests on bees […] Read more