Concerns from the California State Beekeepers Association, 2016 season

Important information from the California State Beekeepers Association…

It has come to our attention that there are a number of beekeepers picking up their hives from almonds to find the emerging brood seriously dying – typical signs of an IGR application. Bee supply was severely short this spring and will continue to be short due to almond bloom sprays negatively affecting package bee production. Beekeepers all across the country are hurting. In order to gather more information about this problem, please complete the survey below. This survey will be used by the CSBA to guide decision making and inform the almond industry and our other partners.  Thank you for your participation. 

2016 Almond Bloom Spray Issues Survey

Recent reports indicate that many beekeepers have noticed significant loss of brood in their colonies about two weeks after fungicides and/or fungicide/IGR combinations were applied to blooming almonds.  In many cases the hive entrances have been clogged with dead young fuzzy bees and pupae that failed to hatch.  All beekeepers who experience such losses are encouraged to file a report of loss with the agricultural commissioner’s office in the county where the loss took place.  If no report is filed there is a rebuttable presumption that no loss occurred.

If you experienced such brood losses in your colonies, which pollinated almonds, please fill out and send in the following survey:

1)     Did you experience any abnormal loss of brood in your colonies that pollinated almonds in 2016?

2)     How many of your colonies experienced severe brood losses?

3)     Are you aware which pesticide products were applied in the area where your bees were pollinating almonds?

4)     Did you file a report of loss with the agricultural commissioner in the county or counties where your bees were exposed the pesticides?

5)     Please describe location of the colonies while in the almonds using Section, Township/Range, or Road names/numbers and County

 6)    Have pollen or dead bee/brood samples been collected for chemical analysis?

7)     Have these losses been reported to any other bee industry brood loss survey in 2016?  

Please e-mail your completed survey to: