Beepocalypse not now: Canada’s honeybee colonies up 10% in 2017 to record high

| | June 29, 2017

On Canadian farms, almost 800,000 honeybee colonies are in active duty this year. That’s about 10 percent more than in 2016, which was another record year. In fact, the number of hives have been climbing since the late 1990s.

Western Canada is the source of about 80 percent of Canada’s honey. The prairies are home to 500,000 hives and eight million hectares of canola, which is a major source of pollen and nectar for western Canadian bees.

In Ontario, honeybee losses due to pesticides at or around corn and soybean planting times are down. Farmers, who already provide the lion’s share of opportunities for pollinators, are employing even more pollinator-friendly production practices.

After a disastrous 2014, overwintering loss rates for honeybee hives improved for the 2015 and 2016 winters.

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Alberta beekeeper Kevin Nixon, president of the Canadian Honey Council, says things are looking up everywhere.

“There’s a misunderstanding that the honeybee population is collapsing, but that’s not true,” says Nixon, whose organization represents 9,500 beekeepers across Canada. “In cities and on farms, everyone is pitching in to save bees.”

“Farms and beekeepers everywhere are doing a great job,” adds Gregory Sekulic, an agronomist with the Canola Council of Canada. “We’re seeing a lot of good beekeeping in this country.”

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion, and analysis. Read full, original post: Canadian beehive numbers have been climbing since the ’90s: The New Farm

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3 thoughts on “Beepocalypse not now: Canada’s honeybee colonies up 10% in 2017 to record high”

  1. Not due to modern pestcides ! Bees don’t eat enough honey or nectar to die of that. According too Lautier they should eat least 500 CC honey per day, which should contain the highest concentration neonicotinoid ever found (0,000.000.006 gr/l !), to die of that ! Worldwide bee keepers are keeping the same breeded bees which collect lots of honey but lost their ability to defend themselves against against varroa-destructor and, weakand by them, against different type of viren.

  2. Honey bees are not native to North America- they’re imported livestock.
    Our native bees don’t make honey and their numbers + habitat is still down
    They’re wild so no one is counting the cows when they come home

    encourage people to leave their fall “pruning” until spring thaw so the babies can hatch. And build insect hotels instead of becoming hobby bee keepers

    • Indeed, and the honeybees are also farmed like livestock so their numbers being up or steady doesn’t mean they’re not affected. It’s an illogical argument. I’m not drawing conclusions but i’m pointing out when someone draws a bad conclusion like this article does.

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