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Bee Death Toll
Pam Smith DTN\Progressive Farmer Crops Technology Editor
Thu May 15, 2014 11:41 AM CDT

DECATUR, Ill. (DTN) -- Bees across the U.S. fared a bit better over the 2013-14 winter, but concerns still exist over the health of the struggling industry. A yearly survey of beekeepers, released Thursday, showed total winter losses of managed honeybee colonies from all causes were 23.2% nationwide.

That's a marked improvement over the 30.5% loss reported from the previous winter. Concern over dying and disappearing bees led to the national survey eight years ago and yearly losses have averaged 29.6% over the span of the study. The winter loss survey covers the period from October 2013 through April 2014. ...

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