Thursday, August 28, 2008
( Poncho®, Poncho®Beta, Prosper® )
Bayer's response from John Boyne "no data exist linking clothianidin or related pesticides to colony collapse disorder.
The concerns about clothianidin gained urgency when more than 11,000 German honeybee hives in May were poisoned by clothianidin. German regulators banned some uses of the pesticides.
"We're supremely confident that when used according to directions, they will not harm bees," spokesman Greg Coffey added.
Bayer Cropscience denies any wrongdoing, isn't hiding any information and has never altered data related to honeybee health.
I sure hope they get this straightened out - here's a link to the article in the N&O today http://www.newsobserver.com/business/story/1197102.html
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
It's raining; it's pouring.
The old man is snoring.
He went to bed with a cold in his head,
And couldn't get up in the morning.
Remnants of Fay - I'm sure the folks in Florida are glad this is gone.
And we're glad to see much needed rain in our part of the country.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
In 1999, French regulators banned an older relative of Poncho and subsequently declined approval for clothianidin.
The investigation/compliant wants to know how much Bayer actually knows about the part that clothianidin may have played in the loss of millions of U.S./ honeybee colonies.
The coalition wants clothianidin banned and Bayer to withdraw all of the pesticides.
Link on the site below to read the article
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
The Olympic Games are great - I'm in awe of all of the athletics. But my favorite this year has to be the Beach Volleyball - those girls are awesome.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
Sunday, August 17, 2008
I knew their jars would be empty.
Nuc #2 - this won't last long.
Hive #1 - there's always lots of bees in the front of this hive - doesn't matter what time of day or night.
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Another great old fashioned plant - Rose Mallow (Hibiscus moscheutos) has the largest flower of any perennial (didn't know this). It can reach a height of 8 feet and have a spread of 3-6 feet. Mine are really tall and so, so pretty. Cut the stems back in early spring and that's all the maintenance they need.
They're show stoppers in the garden! I did read they're deer resistant (for those of you that have those critters hanging around eating everything in sight).
Friday, August 15, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
We also had door prizes contributed by members - watermelons and fresh eggs.
Unfortunately, I did not win a door prize.
But maybe next month!
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
The other small jar - I have right many of those too - they will be gifts.
And you have to remember - Lily and I were eating as we were putting the honey in the jars.
And I left full supers on all three hives for their winter food - so, all in all, I got a tremendous amount of honey this year.
Thank goodness I won't starve this winter . . . . . . .
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Sunday afternoon I opened both nucs and looked inside to see how they were really doing.
I had to get the sugar syrup in a jar and put on top of the brood box - then close it up.
Monday, August 11, 2008
Saturday, August 9, 2008
My compost bins are looking okay - they'll even look better when the morning glorys start blooming.
This side has just twigs, sticks, and some leaves.
This is the messy one with scraps from the kitchen and other stuff.
It's coming along - maybe next year, I'll have some compost.
The morning glorys (like everything else) could use a little rain.
It's gonna be another hot week.
Now is it "morning glorys", "morning glories" or "morning glory's"?
Friday, August 8, 2008
Thursday, August 7, 2008
But maybe these butterflys are from an earlier post the first caterpillar in July -
or maybe from my post in July the caterpillar that ate new york
Monday, August 4, 2008
Sunday, August 3, 2008
Friday, August 1, 2008
The Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) is responsible for the annual production of more than $1 million worth of honey in the state, according to the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. However, the greatest value of Honey Bees is their role in the growing cycle as a major contributor to the pollination of North Carolina crops. According to a 2005 estimate, honey bees account for approximately $154 million in annual crop productivity in North Carolina.