- Animals: bees
- Animal Production: feed/forage, parasite control, preventive practices
Bee populations have been hard hit by varroa mites, reducing the number of colonies and affecting the profitability of beekeepers. Most keepers overwinter in a two-story colony and buy bees in the spring to make up for winter losses. This project will study the feasibility of a new management system where the beekeeper divides all the colonies in the spring, adds new queens to the queenless colony, and then culls the bottom-producing colonies in July. Outreach will be through presentations, field tours, workshops, and articles.