News

Beekeepers Reeling After Harsh Winter, Cool Spring

Beekeepers Reeling After Harsh Winter, Cool Spring

Photo: clipart.com

The harsh winter and cool spring have not been kind to the state’s beekeepers.

Keepers typically lose 30 to 60 percent of their honeybees during the winter, but in some parts of Illinois, the losses this year were upwards of 80 percent.

Northern Illinois Beekeepers Association President Corky Schnadt believes that while that may delay honey production in the state, beekeepers are already getting back on track by bringing in new bees.

“They have to buy a package of bees, which is about 10,000 bees, put them in hive, and then the hive has to repopulate”, Schnadt says. “So the hives are a little bit smaller because they had to do that, but besides that, beekeepers are doing exactly what they’d normally be doing during the second week of June.”

Schnadt says since a single queen bee can lay up to 3,000 eggs per day, it won’t take long for hives to catch up.

Recent Headlines

in Local

Springfield Based Reporter Resigns Following Rauner Complaint

Chicago Sun Times

Dave McKinney was the Chicago Sun-Times' Springfield bureau chief.

in Local

Natural Gas Prices to Hold Steady This Winter

Ameren+Illinois+Utilities+logo

No wide price swings expected this winter

in Local

Elkhart Mine Expansion Vote Delayed

coal mine

Vote to extend waste site expected in November

in Local

City Gives Attorney Additional $25k to Defend Police Officer

municipal_east_3

The Springfield City Council will allow a police officer facing a lawsuit to be represented by an attorney of his choice -- but not everyone is on board with it.