Pollination Begins as Beekeepers Deal with Colony Collapse... - Northern Michigan's News Leader

Pollination Begins as Beekeepers Deal with Colony Collapse Disorder

Posted: Updated:

As the country's bees continues to deal with Colony Collapse Disorder, northern Michigan bees are beginning to pollinate crops.

Fruit crops are starting to bloom and bees have been hard at work to ensure a good harvest.

Colony Collapse Disorder has caused as much as a third of the nation's bee population to disappear each winter over the past 7 years. Researchers are making progress on understanding the disorder which has killed millions of bees.

They think it could be caused by many factors including parasitic mites, viruses, bacteria, poor nutrition, and pesticides.

Farmers are hoping temperatures stay warm. Tart cherries are starting to blossom in some areas and bees do not pollinate as much in colder weather.

Kyle Mitchell and Photojournalist Jeff Blevins have more on the northern Michigan bee population.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • UPDATE: Man Turns Himself in For Strong Arm Robbery

    UPDATE: Man Turns Himself in For Strong Arm Robbery

    Thursday, April 24 2014 1:48 PM EDT2014-04-24 17:48:56 GMT
    A man turned himself in to police less than 24 hours after trying to rob a gas station.
    A man turned himself in to police less than 24 hours after trying to rob a gas station.
  • Garbage Piling Up as Frost Law Prevents Trash Hauling Co. From Pick Up

    Garbage Piling Up as Frost Law Prevents Trash Hauling Co. From Pick Up

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 10:27 PM EDT2014-04-24 02:27:08 GMT
    A potentially stinky situation for some people in Clare County, they say their garbage hasn't been picked up in weeks. It's all due to state enforced frost laws. The county says one company's trucks are just too heavy to travel on the black-top roads and would probably damage them. The trucks are so heavy that even without garbage in them, they exceed the weight limit. If they do travel on the roads protected under state frost laws, they could cause hundred of thousands of dollars in dama...
    A potentially stinky situation for some people in Clare County, they say their garbage hasn't been picked up in weeks. It's all due to state enforced frost laws. The county says one company's trucks are just too heavy to travel on the black-top roads and would probably damage them. The trucks are so heavy that even without garbage in them, they exceed the weight limit. If they do travel on the roads protected under state frost laws, they could cause hundred of thousands of dollars in dama...
  • MSP Looking For Man Accused Of Identity Theft At Michigan Wal-Mart Stores

    MSP Looking For Man Accused Of Identity Theft At Michigan Wal-Mart Stores

    Thursday, April 24 2014 11:32 AM EDT2014-04-24 15:32:42 GMT
    Michigan State Police are looking into several cases of identity theft at Wal-Mart stores around the state. 
    Michigan State Police are looking into several cases of identity theft at Wal-Mart stores around the state.