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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.

Ontario Beekeepers' Association

If you keep bees in Ontario, please take a few moments (literally 20 seconds) to fill out the Ontario Beekeepers’ Association’s 2015 winter loss survey. This is a quick and easy way for the OBA to have an idea of how Ontario honeybees did this past winter.

You can find the survey at www.surveymonkey.com/s/winterloss15.

Dan Davidson – president of the Ontario Beekeepers’ Association – released a letter today informing beekeepers that the Province of Ontario has decided to give money to beekeepers who suffer losses this year. The letter says:

Dear Beekeeper,

On Tuesday afternoon, OBA board members were informed at a meeting with senior OMAF officials that the Province has developed a one-time compensation package for beekeepers experiencing higher than normal mortality rates. Compensation includes $105 per hive to beekeepers with more than ten hives who experience hive mortality of over 40% of their colonies between Jan. 1st and October 31, 2014. OBA has been advocating for over a year for beekeeper compensation related to extraordinary bee deaths. The amount per hive provided under this program is significantly less than we were proposing; however, we feel it is a good first step and shows awareness of the hardships many Ontario beekeepers are experiencing. We are pleased, as well, that losses will include those occurring over the summer and early fall, and not just winter. This is significant. Ontario is the first province to compensate beekeepers for losses likely caused by pesticides as well as other causes. We will be getting back to everyone with further information as it becomes available.

OBA is preparing a press release for later today. Watch the website and future newsletters for new developments.

All the best,
Dan
Dan Davidson, President

This is great news for anyone that has lost a significant portion of their colonies this past winter and heading into the rest of the year. Unfortunately, I don’t qualify myself, because I have fewer than 10 hives. Still, I’m sure this will come as a great help to many beekeepers.

Forms to apply for this compensation will be available by mid-May, 2014.