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