Transferring and placing honey bees this spring | MSU Extension

Transferring and placing honey bees this spring | MSU Extension:

“Hive placement When placing your hives for pollination or honey production, Michigan State University Extension recommends picking a spot that will be easy to access through the season for supering and mite monitoring. If you plan to overwinter them on site, then you may need to also consider accessibility during the snowy months in Michigan. Avoid placing colonies in low spots. These spots can make packing out heavy honey supers more difficult, and may be in a flood plain. Driving through the country at night with the windows down easily demonstrates the temperature and moisture gradients of low spots. Foggy and cool is not fun for bees. High and dry with a windbreak and access to direct sun from the south and east tends to warm bees more quickly for earlier flying.”

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Honey bee pest and disease diagnostic services could be coming to MSU | MSU Extension

Honey bee pest and disease diagnostic services could be coming to MSU | MSU Extension:

“Honey bee pest and disease diagnostic services could be coming to MSU Michigan State University Diagnostic Services is asking beekeepers to weigh in on a potential honey bee pest and disease identification service. Posted on April 9, 2015 by Ben Phillips, Michigan State University Extension

Michigan State University Diagnostic Services has been a trusted source for timely identification of plant virus and pathogens, plant-parasitic nematodes and insect pests since 1999. This multidisciplinary team of professional biologists has traditionally served growers, homeowners, nursery and landscape professionals, agribusiness specialists, pest control personnel, county Extension and campus specialists and regulatory agencies. Soon, honey beekeepers may be added to that list. Meghan Milbrath of the Northern Bee Network and Michigan Pollinator Initiative, and Walter Pett of Michigan State University Extension are asking for your input on potential diagnostic services for pests and diseases in managed Michigan honey bee hives. The Diagnostic Services lab has obtained the support of regional and national diagnostic lab protocols for sampling a variety of honey bee maladies, including bacterial and fungal brood diseases, nosema, mites and select viruses. The survey is designed to give campus diagnosticians an idea of the demand and price that beekeepers would be willing to pay for processing samples. Please click on the following link for the survey: Diagnostics Interest Survey for Beekeepers This article was published by Michigan State University Extension. For more information, visit To have a digest of information delivered straight to your email inbox, visit To contact an expert in your area, visit, or call 888-MSUE4MI (888-678-3464).”


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