Beekeeper’s Corner

SO What is Your May Plan?

Contributed by Dr. Dewey Caron May and Memorial Day bracket this busy bee month. I start analyzing the pnwhoneybeesurvey responses this month, including those from SOBA members. Results will be posted as soon as I can get them gathered and analyzed. Thanks to all Southern Oregon beekeepers who filled in […]

Local Sources for Bee Hive Equipment and Tools

When purchasing hive components, be aware that there can be differences in the dimensions of the boxes from different manufacturers. It is best to check with the supplier to make sure the boxes are compatible with your existing equipment.   Shastina Millwork Shastina Millwork is a national premier hive component manufacturer located in […]

Starter Hive Configuration

What hive components should you have ready for your first bees? Well, as in everything that has to do with keeping bees, there is no ‘right’ answer. All beekeeping is local, and the configuration described here is suited to backyard beekeepers in southern Oregon, where we have hot dry summers […]

Keeping Good Records

Contributed by Dewey M. Caron In 2015, I surveyed 250 Oregon backyard beekeepers during April asking about overwintering losses, colony feeding, sanitation and varroa control efforts (The 2015 survey questions are posted on the website Loss levels statewide were 27% for both 8-and 10-frame Langstroth hive beekeepers, double that number for […]

July is Mite Checkin’ Time!

In the PNW Winter Loss Survey this past April, 250 Oregon and Washington backyard beekeepers provided information on monitoring bee colonies for mites, including 12 SOBA members. Thirty-seven percent (37%) said they did not monitor for mites . Twenty seven (27%) sampled pre-treatment and 30% sampled both before and following treatment. Thirty-seven percent […]

Allergic Reactions to Bee Stings

Contributed by Ellen Wright It seems that whenever a community discusses urban beekeeping, the overriding concern is the fear of being stung by a bee, and the possibility that the sting might be deadly. The data on the true risk of a deadly allergic reaction to an insect bite gives overwhelming […]

Bees on Sarah's finger

Survey of Hive Loss/Survival

Contributed by Dewey Caron This has been a mild, dry winter for our bees. Let’s hope it continues [BUT we had a saying in Vermont, my birth state, ‘When March comes in like a Lamb it goes out like a Lion!’ ]. With this mild weather, I am sure most […]