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Chico, CA 95927
PAm-Sponsored Research Causes a Stir
Ever-trying to back speculation with scientific data, Project Apis m. funded Dr. Reed Johnson, Ohio State University, to look at the impact of Pristine on queen rearing.  Purely by providence, Dr. Johnson chose Dimilin
(diflubenzuron) an insect growth regulator (IGR), as the positive control.   Turns out Dimilin appears to have had an impact on queen bee larval development.  Read more from PAm's scientific advisor, Dr. Eric Mussen, UCD (click here).   Click here for the Almond Board's press release.
 
Bee Meeting
 March 5th - 6:30pm
Modesto, California
  Speakers 
Christi Heintz, PAm
Hannah Ribotto, PAm
Steve Peterson, AgPollen
Topic
 'Seeds for Bees' PAm Project Update and Using Social Media
 
JoeTraynor 
Photo from January, 2013 Pacific Nut Producer  -  Click on the picture to enlarge and read a description as observed by Joe Traynor.
 
Beekeepers Lament
SUPPORT HONEY BEE RESEARCH
On the road with 4th generation beekeeper and honey producer, John Miller. With your purchase, a donation will be made to honey bee research. Order today!
BIP
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The Bee Informed Partnership (BIP) needs commercial beekeeper input for its management survey. 
Sign up by April 2013!
  
March 1, 2013
Honey Bees Come Up Short...
But Will Almonds?
Dear PAm Reader 
The word has spread up and down the almond rows of California.  There has been a shortage of honey bees to pollinate the 2013 crop.  Almond growers are speaking out.  Beekeepers are speaking out.  Numerous news outlets are reporting on the bee shortage.  Consider the challenges commercial beekeepers have to face. Last summer's drought, the lack of timely EPA approved mite control products, pesticides, state border delays, the continued loss of natural habitat and subsequent lack of forage resources, mid-west CRP lands being taken out of conservation and conversely, the increased almond acreage in California.
 
It's not just the almond crop - honey bees pollinate 90 specialty crops in California alone. From there beekeepers traverse the U.S. supplying honey bees that will pollinate 1 out of 3 bites we consume.  Beekeepers are a resilient supplier in the food production chain.  They are as industrious and hard-working as the bees that they provide.
 
PAm helps beekeepers be a dependable partner to the grower.  Now more than ever, we need to concentrate on our research priorities and on building honey bee nutrition and habitat.  It is vital we develop honey bee forage resources.  Well-fed bees will live longer, over-winter better, and result in a greater supply of bees for crop pollination.                                               
Your Guide to Bee Supply Articles
 
PAm's board members and scientific advisors have been vocal.  The article links describe the current honey bee shortages as viewed by Dr. Eric Mussen, Dr. Gordon Wardell, Joe Traynor and others in the industry.  To read about the 2013 honey bee supply,  Click here.
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For the latest on the 2013 almond pollination season, click on the Blue Diamond Growers logo.  'In the Field' is a virtual tour of California almond orchards from the Sacramento Valley to the central and southern San Joaquin Valley.  This time of year it is updated just about on a daily basis.
PAm Forage Field Day!
April 26, 2013
 
Rapini
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PAm will host a 'Seeds
for Bees' event on Friday, April 26th at 1:30 in the afternoon.  It will 'bee' held at Capay Ranch near Hamilton City, CA. 
The field day will showcase blooming fields of rapini (Brassica), clovers, vetch, alyssum, phacelia, and a mix of native wildflowers.  All are an excellent nutritional source for honey bees.  Come learn how the soil is prepped, equipment used, bloom emergence/duration and more.  Of course, there will be honey bee hives on location!  This is a great opportunity to meet participants in the 'Seeds for Bees' project.  Forage outreach materials, including seed packets, will be available for you to take home.  Don't miss this event!  To help us plan, please RSVP at ProjectApis@gmail.com by April 12th.  Thank you!
1, 2, 3 Almond Pollination Math
  
Most problems can be reduced to a math problem according to PAm Board Member, Joe Traynor, who was recently published in the Joe Traynor January issue of  Pacific Nut Producer.  Click on the article: 'Almond Pollination Math - Expanded Acreage, Reduced Bee Supply' to read more.  Joe operates Scientific Ag Co., a pollination service for beekeepers and almond growers.

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