Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2020 Winter Hive Survey. We had over 1500 hives in 427 apiaries represented! Connecticut River Valley Beekeepers and Merrimack Valley Beekeepers came in first and second place respectively in the club participation contest. While survey results will be available in mid-June, we did want to let you know that the winter survival (65%!) was the best that we have seen since conducting the survey. This a 20-point improvement over the previous winter. Now the question we would like to answer is why! Was it the warmer winter? A good food supply in 2019? Better management practices? A combination? The full survey results will hopefully give a little more insight into this question. In mid-June, the full survey results will be posted on the nh-honeybee-health website (https://www.nh-honeybee-health.com/winter-loss-survey-results). NHBA is sponsoring a webinar on 7/1/2020 at 7pm to review the highlights of the 2019-20 Winter Loss Survey report. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and contribute their thoughts on what the data is telling us about managing our bees in NH.
For more information on the results see survey info in our Resources section.