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dunedain05
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« on: December 24, 2013, 01:07:15 PM »

I live in a rural part of Indiana.  My house has a decent sized yard, though we are surrounded by fields.  Every year the farmer switches back and fourth from bean to corn.  Recently there was an article posted locally about a local bee keeper having many bees killed and was said to be from the pesticide on the corn fields.  Im looking to dive into my first bee hive hopefully this spring but now am thinking I shouldn't, given my close proximity to the corn/bean fields.  Any thoughts or suggestions?
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« Reply #1 on: December 24, 2013, 03:39:55 PM »

Dunedain05,
I've kept treatment free bees here in central Illinois for 11 years. We have big farmers that plant the same crops. The nearby farmers cooperate and apply their pestcides early morning or late evening on their soybeans. All of my hives are within foraging range of all the chemicals used. For a couple of years I had 9 hives within 6 feet of a field planted one year with beans the next year corn. The pesticides caused the bees to quit foraging on the beans, but that was the only noticeable negative effect. An air planter was used on the corn. Never lost any of those 9 hives. Have always had acceptable losses. Lost only 2 of 58 of my production hives last year. I can only say from my experience, if used properly the chemicals won't kill you're hives. I'm not saying they won't affect them. I hate chemical use as much as anyone, but don't let that stop you from keeping bees!
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« Reply #2 on: December 24, 2013, 09:37:14 PM »

Darned auto correct!  You're=your
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« Reply #3 on: January 02, 2014, 11:28:07 AM »

None what so ever, I've been doing it for years.  It's easier for some folks to blame others for their hive failures than themselves and that makes for better "news" articles.  Take those with a grain of salt.

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« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2014, 06:55:51 PM »

None what so ever, I've been doing it for years.  It's easier for some folks to blame others for their hive failures than themselves and that makes for better "news" articles.  Take those with a grain of salt.

I find this very surprising yet good news for me.
I live within one mile of a large plant nursery that I am sure uses chemical, they have
hundreds of acres of plants.
The rest of my surrounding area is rural houses and woods but the nursery had me worried about
setting up a couple of hives.
Across the street from me is a series of ponds but I am at the top of the hill from the ponds but
most of my land is a large grassy (sort of grass/dandelion/weed) field with a few nice places for hives.

How do bees do in Southern pine forests?
My local bee club is not all that friendly or I'd have more answers.....
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