Article posted on December 19, 2019

Harsh Winters Can Be Detrimental to Bee Colonies Used to Pollinate

It may “bee” a strange time of year to talk about bees, considering that the hives often seen in seed crop fields have been removed for the winter, but low temperatures and harsh winters make a big impact on honeybee populations in the area.

With an estimated 900 species of bees in Oregon, there are really only three or four that are managed — including two in Central Oregon, used for seed crops, the alfalfa leafcutting bee and the honeybee.

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