Skyscraper beekeeping(C)
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Skyscraper Beekeeping(C)
Integrated Pest and Disease Management for Honey Production in Michigan(C)
I. P. D. M.
(By Cathrine Morgan )
        Integrated Pest and Disease Management is a program developed by
Dennis Holly over more than 30 years of beekeeping and honey production. You will
rarely meet a person more passionate about the importance of honey producer within  
apiary Industry Dennis keeps about 150 hives in eastern Michigan with production
yields averaging 180 pounds of honey per hive and with wintering losses of about 10%
over the past 9 years. He maintains this is a reproduction of the success old-time apiarists
enjoyed on routine Basis. Dennis spent years working for and learning from these
apiarists and has integrated their honey production techniques with pest and disease
management that addresses current challenges beekeepers face.

          Honey production and beekeeping have changed dramatically over the past 15 to
25 years. Dennis often chides that many beekeepers are wishing and hoping for "bee
Shangri-La." This would be getting a new queen with bees, placing in a hive and
letting nature take its course and yield "buzzing bees and flowing honey"year after year.
This Shangri-La does not exist. Annual wintering losses of 50-100% are making
commercial honey production virtually unsustainable. High wintering losses mean a
higher percentage of new hives each year that contributes to lower honey yields. These
losses also mean purchasing a higher number of queens and bees with unknown genetic
qualities for standing up against various stresses such as climate and disease.

           Integrated Pest and Disease Management
(c) results in high honey yields is
designed for the commercial beekeeper, but the principles can also be applied to the
hobbyist beekeeper. IPDM
(c) is a 2-year cycle of management that focuses on colony
health and queen "proofing" in the first year; successfully wintering bees; and stimulating
maximum honey production in the second year. IPDM
(c) requires close monitoring of the
hive throughout both years of the management cycle.

(c) assumes the beekeeper understands basic bee anatomy and physiology
and the life-cycle behaviors of the colony. Also, this manual's recommendations are based
on the climate of Michigan. Honey producers in other states can easily identify when to
change dates for various aspects of the program. Every honey producer and beekeeper
should keep a journal of weather and bee activity from year to year. Knowing what is
"normal" helps you to recognize what is abnormal and take remedial action. At the end
He puts a checklist  of activities. Use these checklists to create your own beekeeping log.

           "Bee Shangri-La" is actually possible, except it takes careful management and
hard work. If the steps of Dennis' program are followed, your bees will buzz and your honey
will flow. We hope and trust this information will be the beginning of a revolution of
successful beekeeping and honey production.
No part of information contained within may be reproduced in any way without written permission
As the labels for thse products say beekeeper assumes all risk and liablity for use
This program is for commercial and sideliner profesional Honey Production
Dennis M.
(C)copyright 2008 all rights reserved
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