Florida beekeepers and citrus growers will meet September 18 in Lake Alfred

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  1. Americasbeekeeper

    Americasbeekeeper New Member

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    Florida beekeepers and citrus growers will meet September 18 in Lake Alfred over potential bee pesticide exposure in citrus groves.
    Citrus Grower – Beekeeper Meeting
    September 18, 2013
    Auditorium, Citrus Research and Education Center
    700 Experiment Station Road
    Lake Alfred, FL
    9:30 – 9:50 AM
    Registration
    9:50 – 10:00 AM
    Introductions Andy Rackley, FDACS
    10:00 – 10:30 AM
    Purpose and Mission Adam Putnam, Commissioner, FDACS

    10:30- 11:30 AM
    Panel: Facing Challenges, Finding Solutions Facilitated by FDACS
    Citrus Grower Ben McLean III, Uncle Matt’s Organic
    Beekeeper (TBD)
    Citrus Research/Extension Michael Rogers, Ph.D., UF/IFAS
    Apiary Research/Extension Jamie Ellis, Ph.D., UF/IFAS
    11:30 – 12:00 PM
    Panel Questions and Answers Facilitated by FDACS

    12:00 – 1:00 PM
    Lunch
    1:00 PM to 1:15 PM
    Pollinator Protection Stewardship Programs TBD, CropLife America
    1:15 PM – 2:00 PM
    Best Management Practices: Breakout Groups Facilitated by FDACS
    2:00-2:15 PM
    Break

    2:15 – 3:00 PM
    BMP Exercise Summary and Next Steps Facilitated by FDACS
    View attachment Citrus Grower-Bee Keeper Meeting - Registration Form Rev1.pdf
     
  2. Americasbeekeeper

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    State officials hope to avert a civil war between the citrus industry, one of Florida's largest agricultural commodities, and beekeepers, one of its smallest farm sectors. Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, also a citrus grower, said he hoped both groups, working with scientists, could come up with a solution to the problem.
    LAKE ALFRED | State officials hope to avert a civil war between the citrus industry, one of Florida's largest agricultural commodities, and beekeepers, one of its smallest farm sectors.
    At issue is the increasing use of pesticides in Florida's commercial citrus groves that growers see as crucial in the battle against an existential threat, the fatal bacterial disease citrus greening, but which many beekeepers worry is killing millions of their insects.
    Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, also a citrus grower, said he hoped both groups, working with scientists, could come up with a solution to the problem. He spoke to about 150 participants at a recent meeting at the Citrus Research and Education Center in Lake Alfred to start a dialogue between the two agricultural communities.
    More than one science will come into play, said Andy Rackley, director of the Division of Agricultural Environmental Services at the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, where Putnam is the chief executive.
    "Inevitably, political science gets involved in this. It's not in our interests to let this become a political issue," said Rackley, noting the bee-pesticide debate goes beyond state lines. "The eyes of regulatory agencies on a national basis are watching us. It's going to require some sacrifices."
    http://www.theledger.com/article/20...ers-Beekeepers-at-Loggerheads-Over-Pesticides
     

  3. PerryBee

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    "It's going to require some sacrifices"
    The larger question remains, who will be doing the sacrificing?
    Up here in my area, Blueberry reins supreme!
     
  4. bamabww

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    Good luck. Sounds like it's an uphill battle.
     
  5. tecumseh

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    a snip....
    'At issue is the increasing use of pesticides in Florida's commercial citrus groves that growers see as crucial in the battle against an existential threat, the fatal bacterial disease citrus greening, but which many beekeepers worry is killing millions of their insects.'

    quite evidently from this snip any REAL solution that might resolve this problem are beyond the mental capabilities of the very population who past efforts have tainted their own environment. at least in this they and most of the beekeeper now have something in common.
     
  6. Americasbeekeeper

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    This is one of the items that came out of the meetings --

    Commercial Citrus Production and Alternative Bee Forage - Online MapThe Department has developed an online map to help inform beekeepers in making decisions on where to locate hives in citrus producing counties and to provide locations of alternative bee forage. This interactive online map illustrates the locations of:

    • Commercial citrus land use, in general;
    • Commercial citrus groves where all of the trees are 1-5 years old (planted since 2007). Some of these areas may be treated with soil applied neonicotinoids that could pose risk to foraging bees if citrus blossoms are present (note: significant blossoming occurs in trees 3-5 years old);
    • Boundaries of Citrus Health Management Areas (CHMAs);
    • Boundaries of Apiary Inspection Districts



    By clicking this ArcGIS Online Link, you will access a map showing the location of commercial citrus land-use (grey and black). You also can see reset citrus groves (black) that were planted in their entirety after 2007. Trees in these reset blocks can range from 1-5 years old. Reset trees that are 3-5 years old can blossom and may pose risks to foraging bees if they were treated with soil-applied neonicotinoids prior to blossoming.
    Please be aware that many young citrus resets are not planted as solid zones (as depicted in black on the map). Instead, many groves may have young reset trees interspersed among mature trees (trees that are greater 9 feet tall). In these mixed blocks, as the relative number of trees that are 3-5 years old increases, the potential for risks to bees from exposure to neonicotinoids in flowers may also increase.
    The online map also provides alternative bee forage areas derived from Florida Cooperative Land Cover Map, Version 2.3 (FNAI 2012). Habitat was selected based on habitat descriptions found in the Guide to the Natural Communities of Florida 2010 Edition. Major honey bee nectar plants (Sanford 2003) and their bloom period are listed below:
    [TABLE="width: 383"]
    [TR]
    [TD]Citrus
    [/TD]
    [TD]February - April
    [/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]Gallberry
    [/TD]
    [TD]March - May
    [/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]Ogeechee Tupelo*
    [/TD]
    [TD]April - May
    [/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]Saw Palmetto
    [/TD]
    [TD]April - July
    [/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]Cabbage Palm
    [/TD]
    [TD]June - July
    [/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]Black Mangrove
    [/TD]
    [TD]June - July
    [/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]Melaleuca#
    [/TD]
    [TD]August (variable)
    [/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]Brazilian Peppers#
    [/TD]
    [TD]August - October
    [/TD]
    [/TR]
    [/TABLE]
     
  7. Zookeep

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    Honeybees are not real good for blueberrys but for citrus there the top, but yet we as beekeepers and the honeybees do not need the citrus farmers, there is always something here for the bees, we dont do anything to harm the citrus farmer or his trees, but they reek massive damage to the honeybees with every kind of spray humans can come up with, but yet we are at there mercy? hmm, beekeepers can go a years without going into the citrus groves but the farmers cant go 1 season without the beekeepers, just a little food for thought, if anything we have all the cards and the citrus spraying farmer has none.
     
  8. Americasbeekeeper

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    You have it exactly backwards.
    "Pollination in most citrus is not really required. Other evidence contributing to this belief, as published by Dr. A. Krezdorn, retired from the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS), University of Florida, "Pollination Requirements of Citrus," Report of the Ninth Pollination Conference, Hot Springs, Arkansas, include:
    1. Citrus flowers are perfect, having both sexes on the same blossom so that self-pollination takes place regardless of pollinators. But bees (pollinators) are distributed throughout citrus groves in any case.
    2. Female-sterile varieties are not benefited by pollinators.
    3. Some seedless varieties may benefit, but evidence is lacking."
     
  9. Zookeep

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    then why is it that you remove the honeybee from the citrus field you loose a ton of crop? everything I read and the farmers I talk to all say the same thing, you add the honeybee you have 3 to 5 times the crops that you would if you didnt have the pollinator, and its strange that if we needed them and not the other way around why is it they pay for the service, I never said the tree would not pollinate its self but if you want it covered in fruit you need the bee
     
  10. Americasbeekeeper

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    Who pays for citrus pollination? Yield must be way down since they have been killing all pollinators since 2009 in citrus.
     
  11. Americasbeekeeper

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    Beekeepers are struggling to protect their hives from the pesticides being used to combat citrus greening. Citrus greening is the common name for Huanglongbing, a bacterial disease in citrus trees spread by an insect known as the Asian citrus psyllid, or jumping plant louse. A tree infected with citrus greening produces bitter, hard fruit that is unsellable in the citrus industry. (WUFT)