Jul 29, 2014

More on NEONICS- from USGS

FROM USGS on NEONICS

Neonicotinoid insecticides dissolve easily in water, but do not break down quickly in the environment."

This is the first broad-scale investigation of neonicotinoid insecticides in the Midwestern United States and one of the first conducted within the United States."

“We noticed higher levels of these insecticides after rain storms during crop planting, which is similar to the spring flushing of herbicides that has been documented in Midwestern U.S. rivers and streams,” said USGS scientist Michelle Hladik, the report’s lead author. “In fact, the insecticides also were detected prior to their first use during the growing season, which indicates that they can persist from applications in prior years.”

"One of the chemicals, imidacloprid, is known to be toxic to aquatic organisms at 10-100 nanograms per liter if the aquatic organisms are exposed to it for an extended period of time. Clothianidin and thiamethoxam behave similarly to imidacloprid, and are therefore anticipated to have similar effect levels. Maximum concentrations of clothianidin, thiamethoxam and imidacloprid measured in this study were 257, 185, and 42.7 nanograms per liter, respectively."

 Read the full article here - plus images and contact information

http://www.usgs.gov/newsroom/article.asp?ID=3941#.U9gnPYBdX9f

Tangi-Tamington Meeting for August

From Margaret Prell
Topic: Varroa Mite & General Discussion
Date: Thursday, 7 p.m.
Address: 16333 Hwy 1085
Covington, LA 70433
Meeting Dates for 2014 - 
September 4, October 2,  November 6
no meeting in December, 
please plan to attend the annual convention in Alexandria.

BEE LAB DATE

The Louisiana Beekeepers Association (LBA) will hold the 18th annual field day on Saturday , October 11, at the Honey Bee Lab in Baton Rouge. 

Jul 7, 2014

Be a Beekeeper's Keeper

Sometimes life throws you a curve. Maybe you get sick,or have an unexpected accident, or have a death in the family, or all three in a short amount of time. The nectar flows and it is time to work your bees...but you can't. Well, maybe it might be time for a fellow beekeeper to lend a hand. If you are a beekeeper who has time to help another...even if it is to set up their hives for the first time, let others know. Be a keeper's keeper. You never know when you might need a hand.