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Trouble in the Hive for Texoma Beekeepers

There's trouble in the hive for Texoma beekeepers.

Tuesday night at Midwestern State University beekeeper's gathered together for the Red River Valley Beekeepers Association meeting. They discussed an array of topics that ranged from last week's first beekeepers conference to new members, but buzzing in the back of their minds was a rising concern.

"I lost 500 colonies," said Jean Bouchard, a Texoma beekeeper.

Beekeepers in Texoma and across the nation are facing a shortage. They're losing their colonies and for various reasons. Jean Bouchard lost about 35 million bees and that's attributed to mites. Gary Grose has it a little different.

"A lot of it is environmental, the drought and of course mismanagement," said Gary Grose, an Oklahoma Beekeeper.

He started the year with 100 colonies now he's down to 40. This isn't just a problem for his pocket book it affects our livelihood.

"They say one-third of our food we put in our mouth is directly related to Honeybee so that's pretty crucial when you start looking at that."

When farmers start looking for bees to pollinate their crops they're won't be a lot of bees to send and that's exactly what's happening in California. There's a bee shortage for the almond crop.

Here in Texoma beekeepers are in the process of feeding their bees so they multiply and the hope is that eventually they'll get to where they once were, a buzzing colony of bees.

Until then they're finding the silver lining in a sticky situation.

"The 40 that are there are good and strong so I'm real encouraged about that," said Grose.

"The ones I have are going to be in good shape for next year," said Bouchard.

Another encouragement for the Red River Valley Beekeepers Association is they're seeing a lot of interest in people interested in starting their own bee colonies.

The do encourage people to call a beekeeper when you see a hive. Don't try and tackle it yourself. Click here to find out who you need to contact.

 

Crystal Hall Newschannel 6.

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