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What’s up honey?

What’s up honey?

The truth about honeybees’ importance in North America. Hint: it’s less than you think

In the last few years the general public has been bombarded and brainwashed with the supposed tremendous importance of honeybees in North America. Let’s get down to the facts. First of all, honeybees can technically be classified as invasive pests since the honeybee, Aphis melifera, is not native to the Americas — or Australia or […] Read more

Dr. Ieuan Evans says producers must continue to use good bee-safe management tools and beekeepers need to control the pest infestations in their hives and to collaborate with responsible farmers.

Facts about bees, birds are next

Something is afoot in the bee community, but is agriculture really to blame?

We’ve heard a lot about honeybees in the last couple of years, particularly concerns that some crop protection products are a leading cause for the decline in bee numbers. The finger has most recently been pointed at a chemical compound known as the neonicotinoid class of pesticide, which in the past decade or so has […] Read more

This 500 horsepower, two-wheel drive tractor was built in 1979 to work on the Honey Brothers’ farm near Bracken, Saskatchewan.

Tractor built to meet farm needs

The tractor the Honey brothers built in 1979 has become a mascot for their business

If there was one stand-out display that caught farmers’ attention at this year’s Canada’s Farm Progress Show in Regina, it was the unique, home-built tractor that has now become a kind of corporate mascot for Honey Bee Manufacturing. The tractor, originally built in 1979 by the Honey Brothers who went on to found the company […] Read more

This 500 horsepower, two-wheel drive tractor was built in 1979 to work on the Honey Brothers’ farm near Bracken, Saskatchewan.

PHOTOS: 1979 Honey tractor

Before Greg Honey and his brother Glenn went into the ag equipment manufacturing business, they decided they needed a very high horsepower tractor for their farm near Bracken, Saskatchewan. This tractor built in 1979 was the result and it’s still turning heads today at farm shows.  

bee on canola flower

Farmers can manage bee risk

While neonicitoids poise risks to bees, farmers and the ag industry can manage these risks

Neonicotinoids pose risks to bees in three ways, says a researcher. But farmers and the ag industry can manage the biggest risks, he told delegates at the International Rapeseed Conference in Saskatoon this past summer. Dr. Udo Heimbach researches pesticide use and environmental effects with Germany’s Julius Kuhn-Institut. He presented research studying neonics’ effects on […] Read more

(Photo courtesy ARS/USDA)

Ont. books drop in bee death ‘incidents’ at planting

Early data from federal pesticide regulators appear to suggest Ontario’s bee yards are moving past a spell of unusually high death losses seen around the 2012 and 2013 planting seasons. Combining the numbers of acute honey bee mortality “incidents” by bee yard in Ontario in the 2015 pre-planting and planting periods, up to June 11, Health Canada’s […] Read more

Honey Bee's new design uses front and rear three-point linkages to mount its prototype swather to a tractor. Wheels on the header support frame can be pivoted to put the attachment in transport position within minutes.

Honey Bee reintroduces the tractor-mounted swather concept

The company is currently assessing market demand for a new version of the tractor-mounted swather attachment it first produced in the 1980s

One of the most noticeable machines on display at Canada’s Farm Progress Show last June was Honey Bee’s tractor-mounted swather prototype. Now with the widespread availability of both front and rear three-point hitches on nearly every major brand of tractor, the company sees an opportunity to take advantage of that feature by reintroducing the mounted […] Read more