Saturday, July 11, 2020

Assistant - requeen

Beekeeping records of queens are important. Selecting and replacing queen bees and managing bee swarms can help you maintain a successful bee colony. In general, older queens will not lay as well as a young queen.

Using Assistant you can check the age of the queens from an apiary and plan to re-queen hives based on a schedule.


Monday, July 6, 2020

Queen - color code

It is common practice to mark the queen with a small spot of paint on her back (thorax) so that the beekeeper finds it better among other bees and to determine their age.

The color indicate the year the queen was introduced.
  • white – for years that ends in 1 and 6 (ex. 2011, 2016)
  • yellow – for years that ends in 2 and 7 (ex. 2012, 2017)
  • red – for years that ends in 3 and 8 (ex. 2013, 2018)
  • green – for years that ends in 4 and 9 (ex. 2014, 2019)
  • blue – for years that ends in 0 and 5 (ex.2015, 2020)



Friday, July 3, 2020

Apiary Book 6.0

We've been listening to your feedback and are exited to share with you a few new features and upgrades:
- Academy - a new space for beekeepers who want to learn how to overcome the current challenges of modern beekeeping
- Improved queens' list
- Colonies movement - Latitude and Longitude added for Departure/Destination


Update now to the latest version 6.0: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.csg.apiarybook

Because we want to offer successful solutions that meets beekeepers’ expectations, we decided to offer Team Collaboration feature in a brand new app dedicated for beekeeping companies, stay tuned!

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Supporting beekeepers' efforts

In July, the bees will be doing what we all know bees to do… a lot of work. Bee colonies have reached the peak of their power, which means that the hives are strong due to the large number of bees.

As a beekeeper, you still have many activities to do in the apiary, the end of the beekeeping season is still far away.

We want to support the efforts you make every day in your apiary, so we offer you the opportunity to buy the PRO subscription for only 40 EURO for 6 months, so that you are ready for the challenges that will appear till the end of the year.

Find more: http://www.apiarybook.com/pro.html


Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Beekeeping in Hawaii

Mark Baker is a beekeeper from Hawaii that helped Police and Fire with many Honeybee Emergencies.

He is passionate about honeybees of Hawaii. He is studying the effects of Bees to Hawaii's environment and the varroa mites impact on Hawaii' bees.



Want to know the history of honey bees in Hawaii?

"Aloha,

As a beekeeper and more for 25+ years now here in Hawaii, I have spent years studying the honeybees of Hawaii. Honeybees are a fairly recent addition to Hawaii. It started with the royalty giving the new industry of raising cattle in Hawaii's dry areas. To feed the cattle on board the ships, they fed them pods from the mesquite trees of the mainland's southwest. Once they arrived at their portage, the cattle were tossed overboard to be ferried to shore. This might have been unsettling, since as soon as they reached shore, they pooped out the seeds wherever they landed and this was the beginning of the wild mesquite forests of Hawaii. Here they Mesquite is called Kiawe.

This was 1824. Always that ends way? Right? The Ranchers were to notice soon no pods being produced by their trees. Once they asked, they received their answer: there were no honeybees in Hawaii. Bingo! In 1857 when they then brought honeybees to Hawaii, the pods were heavily produced and their cattle were well fed ever where no rain fell since Kiawe[mesquite] sends it roots down 250 feet to look for subterranean sources of water.

At this time , also, the sail ship brought something that would have impacted the peoples in a bad way if not for the honeybees taking over the jobs that before the sail ships had been done by the native birds of Hawaii. Mosquitoes! This were more than just pests, they fed on the local birds at roost in the trees at night and soon these birds were sickened with TB and many types were lost. The crops of the islanders would have failed from no pollination and people would have starved, but the bees saw the tempting bloomsome and took on the task. Today, a well-cared for hive can produce 20 or more different types of our local honeys. As to production, I myself had 20 hives at a test bee yard producing 1560 pounds of Kiawe Honey yearly, each hive.

By studying these honeybees of Hawaii, I have found many here to fore missed things about honeybees of the world. It has been a wonderful field of study and a sweet reward as well!"

Saturday, June 27, 2020

How can you help?

Our community of beekeepers is the heart and soul of Apiary Book.

It's great to see beekeepers from around the world becoming contributors by helping with the development of Apiary Book solutions.

We invite you join in to shape the future of this project:

- help us with the translation of Apiary Book to French / Polish / Turkish or other languages;
- send us your feedback, ideas and improvements, your opinion is truly valued;
- play an active role in the community, share information and get valuable advice;
- promote Apiary Book on your social media channels: Twitter, Facebook groups, etc.
- choose to be a PRO subscriber (for the price of  3-4 cups of coffee per month)



Send your feedback to bogdan@apiarybook.com
Subscribe now http://www.apiarybook.com/pro.html

Your bees, our passion. Let's grow together!

Friday, June 26, 2020

Community support

Apiary Book Community Support is a place where beekeepers can request or offer help in their community.




Using Community Support you can:
1. respond to requests for help or create a new post to let others know how you can help;
2. request help for yourself by creating posts about what you need or searching posts to see if anyone is offering the help you’re looking for.

Communication with other beekeepers is done through messages.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

National Pollinator Week

June 22-28, 2020 is designated National Pollinator Week!

"National Pollinator Week is a time to celebrate pollinators and spread the word about what you can do to protect them."




Find Activities and Lightnings here:

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

What is a beekeeper?

Beekeepers are not only persons that keeps bees
They are also carpenters, painters, carriers, packagers, drivers, sellers, managers, accountants, speakers, teachers and so many other professions.


Apiary Book team is passionate about helping beekeepers at all levels. Learn more about how we can help you improve your beekeeping practices, regardless of your profession: http://www.apiarybook.com/pro.html

Your bees, our passion! Let's grow together!

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Your bees, our passion

Share your story with us! When did you start your beekeeping adventure?

How many years have you built, worked, lifted and loaded? How many times have you been stung, your back hurt, your face burned by sun? And yet you feel satisfied, happy and proud of your profession: bee keeper.


In recognition of your efforts, we want to help you with your daily activities and therefore offer you a 25% discount on your Pro Lite subscription.

The promotion is available starting 20 of June 2020. Find more here: http://www.apiarybook.com/pro.html

Your bees, our passion! Let's grow together!

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Hive Inspection

The opinion of our users is truly valued.

Andrey Lebedev from Russia sent the following feedback:

"Вносить данные об осмотре ужасно неудобно.
Entering inspection data is terribly inconvenient."



Starting Apiary Book 5.8 the details of an Hive Inspection are displayed using horizontal tabs allowing the beekeeper to navigate easier between different pages.

The navigation experience was enhanced also for Hive Component and Forage.  

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Mentorship

As a new beekeeper you have to learn a lot. The best way is to find a local beekeeping mentor that will guide you in all your apiary activities. Using Apiary Book Mentorship feature you can find mentors who can offer you support and advice.



Photo: Bogdan, founder of Apiary Book together with his apprentice. Cristian decided to start his beekeeping journey this year, so he bought 2 beehives. He already harvested 20 kg of rape honey.

Friday, June 12, 2020

Language support

Are you passionate about bees and want to help make Apiary Book available in new languages, or help improve the translations for existing languages?

We are looking for French / Polish / Turkish beekeepers that can help us with the translation of Apiary Book. Each contributor will get a PRO Lite subscription for FREE.



If you are interested send an email to bogdan@apiarybook.com

Find here http://www.apiarybook.com/credits.html the list of beekeepers who have made a significant investment of time, with useful results, into Apiary Book project activities.

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Apiary Inform

Apiary Inform is a free management and communication solution for beekeeping associations.

Using this platform, a beekeeping associations can register and manage the list of members, invite members to join the communication group and send notifications to beekeepers (communication channels: email, in-app messages).

Beekeepers receive beekeeping news, best practices, disease/pest alerts, event details and other information directly on their email or mobile phone.


Find more details here:
http://www.apiarybook.com/inform.html
https://inform.apiarybook.com/

Here are some advantages:
- free solution for beekeeping associations
- unlimited registered members
- multiple organizations/groups
- easy-to-use notification console
- communication channels: email or in-app notifications *

* In order to get in-app notifications on his smartphone, a member must have Apiary Book for Android installed and a registered account.
* SMS support can be added if required (additional fees may apply, depending on the volume)

Find below some use cases for beekeeping association:
- alerts of disease/pest discovered in a region
- crop treatments in a location/county
- monthly beekeeping actions needed in the apiary
- announcements related to the activity of association
- World Bee Day 20 May 

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Queen Rearing Calendar

Queen rearing is the process by which beekeepers raise queen bees from young fertilized worker bee larvae.

The schedule of tasks for rearing queen bees is based on the natural development cycle of honey bee queens.

Queen Rearing Calendar notifies you about the timing of each step in advance so you can prepare all equipment, hives and bees to be ready on the appropriate dates.



The dates are calculated based on the day the queen laid eggs or grafting day.

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Apiary Ads

Apiary Ads is an online advertising platform used by beekeepers and beekeeping companies to promote their business by placing advertisements on Apiary Book applications.

Using Apiary Ads Manager, you can create online ads to reach ten of thousands of beekeepers from around the world interested in the products and services that you offer!

Apiary Ads Manager

With Apiary Ads you can:
- get more customers
- sell products or services
- raise awareness
- increase traffic to your website

Advertising banners are placed on Apiary Book for Android or Apiary Book website application.

Ads placement

You can find more about Apiary Ads here: https://ads.apiarybook.com/ , registration is free.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

World Bee Day 2020

World Bee Day is celebrated on May 20. On this day Anton Janša, the pioneer of beekeeping, was born in 1734.

The main purpose of World Bee Day is to spread awareness of the significance of bees and other pollinators for the future of mankind. Pollination is a fundamental process for the survival of our ecosystems. That's why beekeepers have the most important job in the world.


Apiary Book team is committed to helping each beekeeper achieve its goals.
On World Bee Day, we want to celebrate together our joint efforts to protect bees by providing a 25% discount of Pro Lite Subscription.

Hurry, this sweet promotion is available between 20 - 27 of May 2020.
Sign up now: http://www.apiarybook.com/pro.html

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Apiary Book 5.6 update

Download now the latest update of Apiary Book 5.6, now available in Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.csg.apiarybook

What's new:

- easier visualization and editing of apiary details
- community public profile http://www.apiarybook.com/publicprofile.html
- messaging support for team members
- new community notifications/updates


Do not hesitate to send your comments and suggestions to bogdan@apiarybook.com, we need your help in order to provide products/solutions for beekeepers that are useful and easy-to-use.

Monday, May 11, 2020

Asian hornet

Using Apiary Book Reports you can inform nearby beekeepers about problems/incidents affecting bee colonies health like Asian giant hornet, now spotted in USA.



"Sightings of the Asian giant hornet have prompted fears that the vicious insect could establish itself in the United States and devastate bee populations."

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/02/us/asian-giant-hornet-washington.html?auth=link-dismiss-google1tap


Thursday, May 7, 2020

Meet the team behind Apiary Book

Introducing Ante Krstanović:
He is a Bosnian beekeeper and translates the Apiary Book application into Croatian.

"I've been in beekeeping for four years, when I was a kid I was interested in bees, I used to go to beekeepers a lot to watch bees...

I currently have 15-20 bee families, I plan to increase the number of bee families this year
My apiary is located at 1000 meters above sea level."




Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Croatian language support

Apiary Book is now available also in Croatian language.

Translation is provided by Ante Krstanović from Bosnia! Hvala puno!



Apiary Book was translated with the help pf beekeepers from around the word:
http://www.apiarybook.com/credits.html

Friday, May 1, 2020

Community Public Profile

As part of our efforts to support and promote the beekeepers, today we announce the launch of a new feature that helps Apiary Book users to build strong personal connection and relationship with customers: Community Public Profile.

Benefits:
- digital business card with your professional details
- personalized web address
- qr code for sharing info with just a scan

Public Profile example:
https://web.apiarybook.com/community/bogdaniordache

Custom public profile URLs are available on a first come, first serve basis.
Beekeepers can only have one custom public profile URL at a time.

Suggestions of usage:
- add Public Profile web link to email signature - customers can easily find all the information about you
- add QR Code to honey jar labels - allow buyers to interact with your brand and know more about the honey producer




What a beekeeper has to do is to open https://web.apiarybook.com/Manage and add the information he wants to make public (city, country, biography, social media), choose a custom URL and opt for public profile activation.

Friday, April 24, 2020

Live Chat

There are now tens of thousands of beekeepers around the world using the Apiary Book management solution. As that community continues to grow, we’re committed to helping each beekeeper achieve its goals.

That’s why we are now offering the Live Chat feature.


Now you have access to one-on-one support through live online chat. By clicking "Messenger Chat" on the Apiary Book website, beekeepers can talk now with support team members to get quick answers to their questions, find out best practices for apiary management or learn step-by-step how to record and analyze the information of all honeybee colonies.



Thursday, April 23, 2020

PRO subscriptions - payment methods

The details about PRO pricing plans are available here:
http://www.apiarybook.com/pro.html

We are offering the following payment options:
1. Credit/debit card
2. PayPal payment
3. Bank transfer

1. Credit/debit card

- Open the Apiary Book app
- In the top left, tap Menu ≡
- Tap Sign up for PRO (you can find it at bottom of the list)
- Press SUBSCRIBE button for PRO or PRO Lite subscription
- Add your card details in web page
- Press Pay now


If the payment is successful, the subscription is automatically generated.

In order to activate your subscription on your smartphone please follow the next steps:
- Open Apiary Book for Android
- Go to Settings, Subscription and press on GET INFO button.
- You should get the following text: Current plan details, Pro or Pro Lite Subscription, End Date: xx/xx/2021



2. PayPal payment

Use the following links:
https://www.paypal.me/apiarybook/80EUR - for Pro Lite Subscription
https://www.paypal.me/apiarybook/100EUR - for Pro Subscription


You need a PayPal account in order to make the payment!

As soon as the money are into company account your subscription is generated and you will receive a email confirmation and details about how you can activate it on your smartphone.



3. Bank transfer

Banca Transilvania
IBAN: RO27BTRLEURCRT0450164601 (it is an account in EURO)
SWIFT: BTRLRO22

Beneficiary:
Apiary Software SRL

Amount to pay:
80 EUR, ref. Pro Lite Subscription
OR
100 EUR, ref. PRO Subscription

As soon as the money are into company account your subscription is generated and you will receive a email confirmation and details about how you can activate it on your smartphone.


For more information please send an email to bogdan@apiarybook.com.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Earth Day - 50th Anniversary

Happy Earth Day!

Today we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and one of the most important species on our planet: the bees.

Beekeepers are the first line of defense in protecting bees all over the world. Apiary Book's mission today more than ever is about providing you with the necessary tools to overcome the challenges of modern beekeeping.

Take a minute and read up on some fascinating information by clicking the image below: the official Earth Day website has a series of articles dedicated to honeybees.

https://www.earthday.org/?s=bees


Friday, April 17, 2020

Beekeeping associations

Apiary Inform is a platform powered by your favorite beekeeping solution.

This is where beekeeping associations can sign up and create a virtual place dedicated to their members. Send out messages, notifications and alerts that allow all association members to be up to speed with the latest information regarding apiary health and local incidents that may impact beekeeping activities.


Sign up now: http://www.apiarybook.com/inform.html

Monday, April 13, 2020

Community help

Apiary Book is supporting the global public health community’s work to keep people safe and informed during the coronavirus public health crisis. We’re also working to address the long-term impacts by supporting beekeepers in need and making it easier for people to find and offer help in their communities.

Community Help is a place for beekeepers to ask for or request help from other beekeepers.

Request
Apiary Book for Android users can request help in the Community section.

Offer
Beekeepers can scroll through existing posts on the Support page to see what types of help people are asking for.
If you find someone you're able to offer help to, message the person who posted to connect with him.


Community Help is part of the Communication tools offered to Apiary Book Pro subscribers.
The feature will be launched on 15 Apr 2020 and is offered for free to all users for 30 days.

Saturday, April 11, 2020

Apiary Book Lite

Say hello to our latest addition to the Apiary Book family: Apiary Book Lite.

Enjoy the great experience of Apiary Book FREE but with added features that make beekeeping more efficient and easier to manage:
desktop app for better management, reporting and data visibility
cloud storage for all apiary information
• apiary data access from multiple devices
• advanced reports and analysis
• access to know-how from all over the world
communication tools to get in touch with beekeepers: share information and get valuable advice


Find more info here: http://www.apiarybook.com/pro.html

Friday, April 10, 2020

Apiary Inform

Do you need some tips for beekeeping priorities in April? Do you need a space to share information with fellow beekeepers and to warn each other of any danger affecting your bees?

There is a solution for your problem: Apiary Inform is a FREE management and communication solution for beekeeping associations.


Find out more here: http://www.apiarybook.com/inform.html

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Collaboration

We’ve been very busy these past couple of weeks and cannot wait to show you what great things we’ve come up with. What we can say right now is that in April, collaboration will be the keyword. After all, it’s only together that we can take the best possible care of our bees!


Monday, March 23, 2020

Communicate with other beekeepers

The best way to learn is to connect with other beekeepers.

Starting Android 5.2 you can communicate with other beekeepers from around the world. Just complete your profile, search for a specific person and start a conversation.


Thursday, March 19, 2020

Communication

As social insects living in a colony, honey bees must communicate with one another. Honey bees use movement (dance language), pheromones, or vibrations.

They use these communication methods to describe the precise location of the best foraging sites, as well as to keep their hierarchy and social life at the appropriate level.



Following the example of bees, beekeepers need to communicate as much as possible and exchange information with other beekeepers in order to find the best solutions for daily activities.

Using Apiary Book you can connect with other beekeepers from around the world and exchange valuable know-how and best practices recommendations.

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Best beekeeping practices

Best beekeeping  management practices should be adopted in the apiary by all beekeepers, whether they are hobbits or have years of experience.

The goal is to improve bee health and reduce risks to colonies.

Apiary Book offers valuable best practices on many topics, including
- apiary and hive maintenance
- bee diseases/pest and treatments
- queen health, bee breeding
- nutrition


The beekeepers are encouraged to ask questions and share from their experience in the Comments section.

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Varroa mites

Since the start of this project we received tons of feedback from beekeepers from around the world, and many suggestions have been implemented!

It is important for us to build an app/platform that is useful and easy-to-use.

"I tried new tab VARROA. Inside I can change things in the drop down menu that is pretty cool, but when I save it and I go one step back I only can see how many varroa i wrote. But wouldn't it be cool if I see the varroa and right away if they are naturaly fallen or after treatment. An easy overview would be nice rather than to have to go each time inside to see whether the count of fallen varroa are a result of medicine or natural fall. What do u think? Or do I miss something

Cheers from Austria
Karl holzmann"


Send your idea or suggestion to bogdan@apiarybook.com 

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Use Apiary Book on multiple devices

Beekeeping involves a lot of hands-on activity in the field.

Use your smartphone to record data on-site regarding feeding, hive statuses and any important changes you observe.

Apiary Book Pro instantly uploads the information to the cloud and then when you get home you can review it on your desktop for more visibility!


Sign now here: http://www.apiarybook.com/pro.html

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Apiary Book PRO

Knowledge is power and as a beekeeper you know this very well.

Apiary Book PRO allows you to speak to beekeepers all over the world.
This way you can exchange information, learn tips and tricks and apply best practices to your hives.



In short: you can take better care of your bees!
Learn more here: http://www.apiarybook.com/pro.html

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

FoodTech 500

The FoodTech 500 has just come out and we are more than proud that Apiary Book is featured!

FoodTech 500 is the definitive list of global startup and scaleup success stories working at the intersection of food, technology and sustainability.

https://forwardfooding.com/foodtech500?limit=500&subscribed=true



Thank you to all our users that help us be better with every suggestion and thank you for choosing Apiary Book to take better care of your bees!

Friday, January 31, 2020

Apiary Book 4.10 update

Apiary Book 4.10 update is available on Google Play!

We're constantly working to improve your experience, here's a summary of what has changed:
- varroa mites monitoring
- re-queen reminder for and orphan hive
- various improvements and bug fixes


Stay up-to-date:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.csg.apiarybook

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Apiary PRO features

We know that as beekeepers you are out in the field quite a lot.

The PRO feature for Apiary Book allows you to record data on your smartphone and to use the desktop version for reports, planning and apiary management.

Find more info here: http://www.apiarybook.com/pro.html


Sunday, January 19, 2020

Varroa mites

Varroa mite infestation represents one of the greatest threats to honey bee health, honey production, and pollination services.

Effective mite control will reduce colony losses and avoid potential spread of infectious disease among colonies.



There are different methods of controlling varroa mites infestation:
- After treatment falls
- Natural mite falls
- Sugar shake
- Alcohol/soap wash
- Ether roll
- Drone cells assessment

The following table describe the infestation used for each method:

Method Infestation Example
Sugar shake, Alcohol/soap wash, Ether roll Percentage per bees 3 mites per 100 adult bees = 3%
After treatment falls, Natural mites falls Average per day 30 mites counted on the 3rd day since last treatment/counting = 10 mites per day
After treatment falls, Natural mites fallsNumber of mites 20 mites
Drone cells assessment Percentage of cells 37 mites for 120 drone brood cells = 30%

I order to determine when a colony needs treatment and to evaluate treatment the next inputs must be taken into consideration:
- the life cycles of both the honey bee colony and the mite
- the number of mites present in the colony at any point in time
- tactics to control mites (rotation of chemical products, drone brood frames removal, requeening)

References:
Tools for Varroa Management - Honney Bee Health Coalition
COLOSS – Varroa task force

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Queenless

Since the beginning, one of our goals was to add the experience of beekeepers in the Apiary Book app in order to make their work as easy as possible.

Albu Norbert - Anton from Romania sent the following suggestion:

"La inspectia stupului dacă bifez fără regină ar trebui să pot adăuga un task...."
"At the hive inspection if I tick Queenless I should be able to add a task..."




Add a reminder to re-queen a hive if during an inspection you notice that a hive is orphan (without queen):
1. Create a new inspection for a hive
2. Add date of inspection and other information about hive (temper, frames with bees, brood, honey)
3. Tick Queenless - Reminder button is shown
4. Press Reminder button
5. Reminder screen is shown with the text "Add new queen Hive"
6. Add Date
7. Press Add button
8. The activity scheduled will be displayed as notification on selected day (and the day before) at approximately 8:30 a.m.


Tuesday, January 14, 2020

HiveAid Australia

Calling to back Australian beekeepers and honey bees.

https://www.ruralaid.org.au/donate/?supporter_id=14254

We need to support honey bees, and the beekeepers who care for them.


Please help safeguard one of the most important industries in Australian agriculture – Australian apiculture.

Monday, January 13, 2020

Apiary Report

"The Asian giant hornet, a 2-inch menace that feasts on honeybees, has invaded Washington state. It might've migrated from Canada, where a colony was discovered nesting in the ground."

https://edition.cnn.com/2019/12/23/us/asian-giant-hornet-washington-state-scn-trnd/index.html


Use Apiary Book Reports to report quickly and easily possible sightings of the invasive species.

The reports are sent to Apiary Report, a platform designed to record and help the early detection of problems/incidents affecting bee families heath.

Find more info here: http://www.apiarybook.com/report.html