- Animals: bees
- Animal Production: general animal production
- Sustainable Communities: sustainability measures
Improving the sustainability of beekeeping in Indiana by providing Indiana-grown nucleus hives in July with Indiana grown queens and brood, to reduce winter losses and increase profitability and pollination.
We worked with one Amish beekeeper and three different big beekeepers to obtain the nucs (nucleus), and with one hundred different beekeepers [to provide them with Indiana-grown nucleus hives].
One objective was to get one hundred two-story nucs built and stocked with honey bees with Indiana bred queens. The second objective was to distribute them with proven laying queens individually across the state by early July 2012. The third objective was to improve the normal survival rate through the winter of 2012.