The Ontario Beekeepers’ Association has released their findings after a survey was sent out for beekeepers in Ontario. You can download the full PDF or if you want to cut to the chase, here are some of the highlights and comparisons with last year:
- 46.1% of respondents reported losses of 25% or less (compared to 28.4% in 2014).
- 29.5% of respondents reported losses of 15% or less.
- 21.6% of respondents reported more than 75% losses (compared to 25.1% in 2014).
- 34.6% said bees doing ‘better’ or ‘much better’ than 2014.
- 28.2% said bees doing ‘worse’ or ‘much worse’ than 2014.
- Top three suspected causes of colony loss: colonies too small, normal winter losses, pesticides.
- Least three causes suspected: overload of varroa, problem with queen, insufficient stores.
- ‘Some’ or ‘most’ bee colonies of 70.5% of respondents were located within 3 km of corn or soy crops.