Mystery Malady Kills More Bees, Heightening Worry on Farms

From the New York Times

According to a story in the New York Times last week, bee deaths in 2012 surpassed those that have been seen previously with respect to Colony Collapse Disorder. A recent concern that neonicotinoids are the main culprit has pitted beekeepers, researchers, chemical companies and some growers in a heated debate.  Part of the article can be found below. Click on the link above to read the entire article.

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Fire ants form “rafts” in flooding

From Southeast Farm Press

Amid all this heavy spring rainfall, fish pond owners not only should be mindful of flooding but also of the great balls of fire that often accompany flooded ponds.

While these fireballs are no harbinger of doom, they can bring painful stings and, based on some evidence, possibly fish kills.

At closer inspection, these balls are actually large masses of imported fire ants.

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