Midstate beekeepers concerned about Colony Collapse Disorder

Written by Craig Layne, Morning Edition Host/Reporter | Jun 17, 2013 11:06 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- Midstate fruit crops could be threatened if bees continue to die off from so-called Colony Collapse Disorder.

Penn State Senior Extension Associate Maryann Frazier says many farmers rely on bees to pollinate their crops.

"In Pennsylvania, for instance, apples, pumpkins, a lot of our berry crops are dependent on honeybees for pollination," Frazier says.

She says Colony Collapse Disorder could be the result of pesticides, diseases, parasites and poor nutrition, though no exact cause is known.

Jim Pinkerton is the president of the Lancaster County Beekeepers Society.

He says most of its members report losing about 50 percent of their hives over the winter.

"Where commercial beekeepers used to be able to split maybe 20 percent of their hives to maintain their numbers, now they have to split almost every hive to do that," Pinkerton says.

A Lewisburg, Union County-based beekeeper was among the first to draw attention to Colony Collapse Disorder in 2006.

Hear about some of the other concerns facing bees and other pollinating insects on Radio Smart Talk.

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