Management Episodes

Nov. 3, 2022

Colony Winter Water (098)

Why on earth would honey bee foragers go out on a freezing day in winter to collect water? Ice and snow everywhere, but there the…

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Oct. 20, 2022

Winter Is Coming - Winter Prep (096)

When you’ve been keeping bees for decades, sometimes you do things because that’s the way you’ve always done them, right? But the…

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Oct. 13, 2022

How Phenology Can Help Your Manage Bees (095)

Does your state Agriculture Department have a bulletin they share with everybody on the phenology, or bloom dates, of the wild fl…

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Aug. 25, 2022

Dealing With Wax Moths (088)

Post-harvest time is a good time to look for wax moth in your colonies. Believe it or not, wax moths are around pretty much all o…

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Aug. 18, 2022

End of Season Evaluations (087)

Towards the end of the season, it’s a good idea to take a look at the equipment and other management tricks you’ve been using all…

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Aug. 4, 2022

How Much Honey Do You Leave On A Colony? (085)

How much honey do you leave for the bees this winter? Like lots of things in beekeeping, it depends. Since “all beekeeping is loc…

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July 28, 2022

Dealing With Heat in the Beeyard (084)

It’s hot out there and it looks like it isn’t going to cool off for most of us for awhile. Also, since mite treatments should be …

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July 21, 2022

Laying Workers (083)

If you have a colony of honey bees, chances are, at some point, some year, that colony will become queenless. If you do not reali…

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July 14, 2022

After The Swarm (082)

Swarm season is fun and exhilarating. Much has been written about swarms. They’ve been studied, photographed, pursued and just… w…

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June 30, 2022

Queen Excluders - Love Them or Hate Them (080)

On today’s episode, Jim and Jeff Ott (from Beekeeping Today Podcast), discuss the value and use of the ‘love it or hate it” piece…

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June 23, 2022

Water For Your Bees (079)

After you get through the winter, spring buildup, swarming season and the ever present varroa, you can sit back and smell the flo…

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June 16, 2022

Dealing with Marginal Queens (078)

Pretty much every beekeeper, at one time or another, ends up with a queen that’s not doing what they think she should be doing or…

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June 9, 2022

Small Furry Pests (077)

It doesn’t take long after getting into beekeeping and then repeatedly, as long as you have beekeeping equipment laying around or…

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May 26, 2022

Dealing With Feisty Bees (075)

Jim’s beeyard is the center of attention this week, because his bees were bothering his wife and a very patient, longtime neighbo…

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May 5, 2022

Installing Package Bees in Inclement Weather (072)

Package season is about over for 2022. Perhaps thankfully too, depending on where in the country you live. Installing packages do…

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