Honey bee losses seem to be declining

in Delta Farm Press

Good news for bees—and those who keep them.

The number of honey bee colonies lost last year is down from the previous year and shows an improvement over the ten-year average, according to a survey just released by the Bee Informed Partnership (http://beeinformed.org), in collaboration with the Apiary Inspectors of America (AIA).

This was the 11th national annual survey of honey bee colony losses.

Colony loss estimate for the winter of 2016-2017 was 21.1 percent of the colonies managed in the United States, an improvement of 5.8 percentage points over the 2015-2016 winter. The loss is also below the ten-year average total winter loss rate of 28.4 percent.

Winter loss is evaluated on losses from October through March.

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