Activists who want to eliminate pesticide use in crop production really started swarming last week because The Washington Post ran an article headlined “Call off the bee-pocalypse: U.S. honeybee colonies hit a 20-year high.”
This article triggered all kinds of internet and social media activity, which even showed up on our website, AgProfessional.com, because almost weekly we post an article about pollinators and bees. One article that was being spread from our site was from January when Syngenta reported international bee population figures (population numbers from sources other than the company) that showed bee numbers as being up, which supported U.S. Department of Agriculture bee census numbers.
Christopher Ingraham wrote, “The number of honeybee colonies has actually risen since 2006, from 2.4 million to 2.7 million in 2014, according to data tracked by the USDA.”
Ingraham goes through an explanation of professional beekeeping tactics to maintain and grow colonies. He notes the beekeepers have had to raise prices to growers needing their hives for pollination because of the expense associated with intense hive management and the demand by more growers.
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