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Honeybee Health and Colony Collapse Disorder - A Manitoba Beekeeper Tells it Like it is.

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by Larry Powell NEEPAWA, Manitoba - A veteran beekeeper whose operation produces almost half-a-million kilograms of honey per year on the Canadian prairies, Tim Wendell (l.), has learned the hard way, just how big a threat "neonicotinoids" pose to operations like his. "Neonics" are now the most widely used group of insecticides in the world. They are either sprayed on crops such as corn, soybeans and canola, or used to treat their seeds.  Tim Wendell, above, his wife Isabel  and a seasonal staff of  about 30 keep   more than 3,000 hives in Manitoba and  Saskatchewan,  south of the Town of  Roblin . PinP  photo - 2009. On a recent speaking engagement, he told audiences in Neepawa, he lost one "bee yard" himself a couple of years ago. It was next to a field which had been planted 4 or 5 years straight to corn treated with "neonics."  He estimates, of the 40 thousand bees in that colony, perhaps only 5 thousand we