CAPA releases Annual Winter Loss Report

The Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists has been tallying winter losses across Canada since 2007. Their 2013 Statement on Winter Losses (covering the winter of 2012/2013) has been released and it’s ugly out there: Province Number of Colonies Wintered Fall 2012 Number of Dead or Unproductive Colonies Spring 2013 Percent Wintering Loss (%) British Columbia 46,746 8,414 18.0 Alberta 282,000 …

No pesticide moratorium for Ontario

It’s been a hard couple of years for pesticides kills in Ontario. David Schuitt in Elmwood estimates he lost 37 million bees in 2012 and he’s not alone. The spring planting season saw a number of apiaries in Southwestern Ontario wiped out by residue from a synthetic nicotine-based pesticide that’s applied to corn seed before it’s sold. The planting machinery …