Honey bee shortage hurting Okla. crops

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It’s all the buzz right now, an alarming shortage of honeybees.

You may not know honeybees pollinate some $15 billion in crops, crops that make up a third of the American diet.

Now, almost the entire nation is said to be suffering from Colony Collapse disorder.

Some theories suggested behind the shortage; mites, diseases and pesticides.

One researcher in California has identified residues of 150 different chemicals in the bee colonies he’s studied.

“When you mix certain chemicals in together, they become much more toxic to the bees than either one of those alone would be,” he said.

In Europe they’ve already banned pesticides used on corn, wheat and soybean crops.

Jimmy Ross with Ross Honey Company in Minco joined us to share his expertise on the topic.

His family has been in the honeybee business for decades.

Ross’ product may be familiar to a lot of folks, Clover Bloom Honey.

Ross has a close tie to News Channel 4.

His son, Lucas Ross, is one of our on-air personalities for both KFOR-TV and Freedom 43 TV.

In the middle of this shortage, an angry ball of bees has suddenly taken residence in the 6700 block of Randi Rd. near N.W. 63rd St. and Council Rd.

The homeowner called because it’s quite a spectacle.

The ball is about football-sized and he’s unsure about what to do about them.

One suggestion is to call a beekeeper who may be happy to have them.

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