Honey bee producers are experiencing a number of difficulties in 2023, leading to decreased colony populations and fewer days to pollinate.

Viruses carried by varroa destructor mites have negatively affected populations in recent years, leading to weaker immune systems. As a result, honey bees are more susceptible to disease.

When colonies take a hit, producers often turn to beekeepers in Florida to replenish their hives. However, Hurricane Ian wiped out a significant portion of the honey bee population in 2022. It will take time to recover.

These challenges will likely impact a number of crops nationwide, as honey bees are used to help pollinate almonds, blueberries, apples, cherries and more. The season is already off to a rough start, as wet, cold weather has limited the number of flying days for bees in California almond orchards.

However, the wet weather is helping flowers thrive in the area, which may create stellar honey in 2023. ProAg is proud to offer Apiculture (API) insurance to provide a safety net for beekeepers.

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