bees http://wfpl.org en 2013 Wasn't a Good Year for Honey Production http://wfpl.org/post/2013-wasnt-good-year-honey-production <p>Early estimates suggest last year’s honey production was down more than 30 percent.&nbsp;</p><p>The dismal numbers are partially due to problems that have been plaguing honeybees for several years. The insects are dying at alarming rates, and scientists say some combination of pesticide use, viruses and parasites could be to blame.</p><p>This is a problem nationwide, but in Kentucky and Indiana weather contributed to both the honeybee die-off and dismal honey production.</p> Wed, 01 Jan 2014 12:49:26 +0000 Erica Peterson 8083 at http://wfpl.org 2013 Wasn't a Good Year for Honey Production Drought Conditions Could Affect Honeybee Colonies http://wfpl.org/post/drought-conditions-could-affect-honeybee-colonies <p>The drought that’s been plaguing areas of Kentucky and Indiana for much of the summer could end up having an effect on honeybee colonies, too.</p><p>Sean Burgess is Kentucky’s state apiarist. He says this time of year is critical for bee colonies, because it’s when they harvest nectar to make the honey that nourishes them through the winter.</p> Mon, 03 Sep 2012 14:30:00 +0000 Erica Peterson 1504 at http://wfpl.org Drought Conditions Could Affect Honeybee Colonies