Late winter feeding

It was Sunday February 13th when my son Gabriel asked for an ice cream. I told him to take it from the freezer, but in his quest, he came across the pollen pot in the same drawer. He completely forgot about the ice…

Commercial beekeeping in 2022+ : Optimize transportation costs

Professional beekeeping in 2022+ will be efficient or will not be at all. Although at the beginning of this year many uncertainties weigh on many fields (editor note : this was written even before Russia invaded…

On the robustness of monitoring solutions

The Sigfox's receivership beginning of this year reminds us how important are strategic choices to ensure the robustness of a monitoring solution. At Broodminder and Mellisphera, we are committed with cellular…

Monitoring kiwi pollination

While pollination is necessary for the production of most of the fruits and vegetables we eat, it is even more mandatory for kiwi. Efficient and intense pollination is needed to grow beautiful big kiwis, as we like…

Using weight metrics for colony assessment

It is well known that continuous hive weight monitoring can be applied for honey bee management. Typical applications are during the production season to assess the nectar flow conditions or during the overwintering to…

Monitoring hives in April

Monitoring hives in April is wonderful as much as a delicate exercise. We're illustrating it here with three examples issued this season. From the exit of a harsh winter in Slovakia, to a split sacked by its neighbors…

How to set-up apiary monitoring – backyard beekeepers

Which configuration is the best for equipping an apiary when you are a backyard beekeeper? This is one of the first questions asked by our future customers. And this question is justified because the…

Should I insulate my hives in winter? When, how, why?

In winter, bees consume their stored resources for food and heat. Depending on the latitudes, the winter can be more or less mild and the colonies can go through a variety of situations. What is the case where you…

Amazing 4th Bee and hive monitoring conference

From 5 to 9 October 2020 took place, online the 4th edition of the Bee & Hive monitoring conference. A great opportunity to join all the stakeholders working in the field of beehive monitoring with new…

Apiary yard location can have an impact on brood development – The case of summer overheating

The location of the apiary greatly conditions the development of future colonies. Bee health, productivity, feeding needs and various stresses are closely linked with the surrounding environment. Some beekeepers do not…