Since 2006, honey bees have been abandoning seemingly healthy hives in large numbers, raising alarm among beekeepers, farmers and researchers. But, the industries that are dependent on honey bees are finding ways to manage the losses.
New York is the second biggest apple producing state in the country. But, last year production dropped dramatically due to a warmer winter, early blooms, and harsh spring frosts. The total production from the state plummeted from 1.2 million pounds in 2011, to just 710,000 pounds in 2012. But, weather isn’t the only challenge growers are contending with.
The Beak and Skiff apple farm hosts theLaFayette Apple Festival this weekend. The farm is also celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. WRVO's Kate Percival took her 10-year-old son on a field trip to the farm, and spoke with Steve Morse about what's changed, and what's remained the same, in the past century.