Check your mite loads now!

Check your mite loads now!

It looks like the early spring and early build-up of colonies has lead to higher-than-average mite loads for the time of year in 2017. As I travel around the state and inspect colonies for WVDA, all the hives I have checked so far (using the alcohol wash method) have...
Mite-Wash Cups

Mite-Wash Cups

Folks have been asking about my mite-wash cups and how to make them. I’m glad of this because this is key to breeding queens, preparing for winter, pinpointing reasons for losses and a lot more. All this and a ton more is in the Basic Course (click here to find...
WV Pollen Project Final Outreach Report

WV Pollen Project Final Outreach Report

Click on the image  below to view the West Virginia Pollen Project’s results. The Northeast SARE Final Report will be available from the NE SARE web site in the near future. WV Pollen Project 2015 Final Outreach Report Most of the nutrients bees require to...
Your own definition of “Raw Honey”

Your own definition of “Raw Honey”

The definition of raw honey has not been nationally established so the average person needs to look at the facts and develop their own. In commercial processing honey is typically “flash-heated” to around 160 degrees F which has been shown to reduce the...