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Breaking News: Hurricane Irma Wipes Out Most of Florida Citrus

Hurricane Irma Wipes Out Most of Florida Citrus
Hurricane Irma Wipes Out Most of Florida Citrus

Hurricane Irma, the largest Alantic storm in recorded history took aim at Florida recently. Running up Florida's west coast her brutal winds took out seventy percent of southern Florida's citrus groves.

Florida is second only to Brazil in citrus production. Beekeepers in the state produce twenty seven million pound of honey each year.

We have not seen the extent of the damage she has done to Florida's Ag, let alone the beekeeping Industry in the state.

Hurricane Irma Wipes Out Most of Florida Citrus

Following is some excerpts from a recent CNBC report. Read the full report.

Grower group says Irma caused 50 to 70 percent citrus loss in portions of South FloridaHurricane Irma caused losses of 50 to 70 percent of Florida's citrus crop in portions of South Florida, according to the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association.Oranges and grapefruit were hard hit by the storm, but there also were impacts to fields in the south and central areas where other crops grow, particularly strawberries and tomatoes.

Based on reports from the field, it's estimated that there's a 50 to 70 percent crop loss in South Florida, depending on the region," said Lisa Lochridge, a spokesperson for the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association, a trade group representing growers across the state. "Losses are less going north."

On Monday, CNBC was told preliminary assessment of the storm showed up to 30 percent of some major crops such as grapefruit had losses, according to estimates by Joel Widenor, a meteorologist and co-founder of Commodity Weather Group.

In an interview Wednesday, Widenor said CWG didn't revise its initial estimates, but he added that "the ground crews will have a much better feel for it. Certainly, it could be higher than what we were saying."

As for other crops, she said there was some damage in fields where other fruits and vegetables grow in the southern and central parts of the state, particularly tomatoes and strawberries. For example, she said plastic ground covering and irrigation systems got ripped up by the storm, and there's standing water in fields too.

"As a result, the tomato crop is expected to be light at the first part of November, but volume should build and we expect a solid December," she said. "Strawberry growers expect to be able to recover quickly and stay on their timetable to be harvesting on time."

There's still no official reports of economic loss totals from agriculture but it could surpass $100 million, as the value of Florida's citrus last year exceeded $1 billion. The most vulnerable citrus crop due to Irma is grapefruit because of its weight on the trees, although orange groves also suffered losses.

Another crop hard hit by Irma was Florida's sugar cane, which had a value last year of $561 million, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

"The impact is shocking and will be felt for many months," USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue said in a statement. "In addition to efforts being made on the ground to assist producers, we have taken a hard look at our regular reporting requirements and adjusted them so producers can take care of pressing needs first and mostly deal with documentation and claims later."

Before Hurricane Irma, Florida was expecting to harvest more than 75 million boxes worth of oranges, according to the Florida Department of Citrus. "Due to the storm, we now have much less," said Shannon Shepp, the agency's executive director.

In an emailed statement, Lochridge said "Irma cut a powerful swath through the epicenter of Florida's citrus-growing region. The primary problem is that the excessive winds stripped the trees of fruit."

Some citrus-growing areas faced peak wind gusts between about 60 and 80 mph during Hurricane Irma.

According to government data, Central Florida's Polk County — located between Orlando and Tampa — is the state's biggest county in terms of citrus production, followed by Hendry, located on Lake Okeechobee's southwestern shore.

Lochridge said the devastating storm "uprooted trees, but that is not as big of a problem, which is good for the growers longer-term. Many groves are flooded, however, and it will take growers a while to get all of that excess water pumped out."

The standing water also can be a major source of diseases for citrus trees. Root rot endangers the health of the tree when the trunk stays moist for extended periods of time.

Hurricane Irma Wipes Out Most of Florida Citrus...

It is gonna take a long time to straighten Irma's mess up. And just as long to see the impacts on Florida's honey bee industry.

I would like to acknowledge CNBC for there timely report. Read the full story.


We will be discussing the Honey Bee Rates Of Decline Across The United States.

Angels of agriculture are in a big decline. This means less produce in the market and higher cost for pollination.

Keep in mind that seventy percent of all food crops are pollinated by honey bees. These angels are trucked across the nation to provide proper fruit development.

Want to help then go here. Save our bees.

With their steep decline we can expect food shortages even in the U. S. Here is part of a report by Save on Energy. Read the full report.

Honey Bee Rates Of Decline Across The United States
Honey Bee Rates Of Decline Across The United States


The honeybee population has been in steady decline for years, and since 2015, their population has been declining at an even more alarming rate.

Between January and March 2015, nearly half of the honeybee population in Ohio was lost due to potentially 60 different factors, and more than a third of the honeybees in Illinois died. Between April and June 2015, between 2 percent and 19 percent of the honeybee populations across the entire U.S. died. During the summer months, nearly a third of the honeybees in Arkansas died, and between October and the end of December, 40 percent of the honeybees in Kansas had perished.

Between January and March 2016, honeybee populations were still on the decline, and almost half of the remaining bees in Oklahoma disappeared.

Honey Bee Rates Of Decline Across The United States
Honey Bee Rates Of Decline Across The United States

The National Agricultural Statistics Service and the USDA have recorded losses from 29% to 45% between 2010 and 2015. Despite the efforts of beekeepers across the country and research to understand these trends, between 12 percent and 18 percent of the honeybees in the U.S. were lost each quarter between March 2015 and March 2016.


Honey Bee Rates Of Decline Across The United States
Honey Bee Rates Of Decline Across The United States

So, what’s causing all of this damage to the honeybee population in the U.S.?

The No. 1 stressor on honeybee colonies is varroa mites. Largely found in Florida, these mites feed off of adult honeybees and those unhatched or maturing (called brood). The mites actually develop on the honeybee brood, allowing them to overtake adult bees as they grow, and move from colony to colony by attaching themselves to agricultural workers and drones.

Other pests and parasites like tracheal mites, small hive beetles, and wax moths, as well as the disease nosema, are also having a negative impact on the health of the honeybee population. Hive beetles are native to the sub-Saharan areas of Africa but have been found outside of the region around nests of the honeybee.

Pesticides, weather, and diseases have also had significant adverse impacts on the honeybee population in the U.S., together accounting for over 20 percent of colonies lost in 2015 and 2016.

Once again we would like to thank for this timely report. Read the full report.

Honey Bee Rates Of Decline Across The United States .


Abilene Tx Bee Removal Outlook 2017


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Abilene Tx Bee Removal Outlook 2017

Honey Bees hoard honey all spring, summer and early fall. These honey stores are used to feed the colony thru winter.

Usually the bees will use the stored honey up and need to collect more to build a strong work force for collecting honey.

This winter has been very mild and the bees have lots of honey left over. This will allow the feral colonies to build up lighting fast.

Expect to see lots of large swarms in Abilene and the Big Country.

Abilene Tx Bee Removal Outlook 2017  Abilene Tx Bee Removal Outlook 2017

These are swarms. These bees are not just passing through they are looking for a new home.

Swarms for the most part are gentle. Just do not stir them up. Keep pets and children away.

Yes, if left alone they will move. But, they will move into yours or your neighbors house.

It is much cheaper to have them removed while they are still in a swarm than it is to remove a established colony.

Call IRescueBees as soon as you see a swarm in your yard. Do not wait they are looking to move into someones house.

Well, to bee honest it is not always a house.

Abilene Tx Bee Removal Outlook 2017   Abilene Tx Bee Removal Outlook 2017

Whatever they decide to colonize we can get them out alive most of the time. We relocate them to a safe place where we take care of them.

Most exterminators in Abilene will not spray bees and it is dangerous for you to attempt to kill them yourself.

2017 is going to be fill with bees. More so then 2016.

Did you know?

Honey bees are close to becoming extinct.

Mellitin, a substance in bee venom is being used in cancer research.

Eighty percent of produce is pollinated by honey bees.

Really Abilene honey bees are a great blessing. Should we not all work to keep these insects alive.

Albert Einstien said that when the bees are extinct mankind will bee in four years.

IRescueBees is a professional bee removal company with years of experience in Abilene.

Save our bees!


Global Famine coming to a State near you!

It is raining in the Big Country today, not much bee work to do. In the beginning Man was given a job. The job was to keep and guard a garden. The garden man was to keep and guard is called earth. There would not be a garden if the honey bees were not here. As bee populations continue to fall, so does our ability to produce food. Remember supply and demand. Lower food supplies results in higher food prices. Honey bees are the only insect that produces food for humans. Some insects are food, like grasshoppers. Yet the honey bee not only produces food for us but is directly responsible for the 40% of the food we eat. Global famine comingGlobal famine coming

Global famine coming

One Honey Bee colony will have as many as 50,000 worker bees that go out to pollinate our crops. That is a huge work force and still people want to want to open a can of Wal-mart  death when the bees show up in the yard. I had a call just a few days ago. The woman said that they bought a house in Dec. and did not know about the bees living under her floor. She wanted to know how much to save them.  The house was a pier and beam with a three foot crawl space. The colony was located 35 feet from the crawl space entrance. That means I would have to crawl 35 feet with all my equipment and fully dressed in my bee suit to the location of the colony, Capture the colony remove the brood and all the comb then crawl back. I estimated about four maybe five hours to do the job properly. I gave her my rate and she quickly stated " I can get an exterminator to spray them for $65!" It is this total disregard for life that is causing the coming famine. It is like cutting your throat to spite your belly. When you spray one colony of bees you are killing not only the target colony, You killing the other colonies that are with-in three miles. Here is how it works. When a colony of bees is killed or weakened other bees come to rob the honey. If someone has treated the bees with a toxin that toxin gets in the honey. The other bee colonies in the area find the weakened or poisoned hive and rob the honey. Taking the contaminated honey back to their hive and feed it to their young killing them also. Yes, Global famine coming

Global famine coming  Global famine coming

You are not killing one colony of bees, You are killing several. And you are killing yourselves by destroying such a awesome pollinator. It is people like this that are causing the coming famine. I hope they have some food in storage!


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 Global famine coming