Our club library is always getting new and wonderful beekeeping books. One of our latest is The Beekeeper’s Problem Solver by Dr. James E. Tew. Dr. Tew has a Ph.D. in entomology and is currently a consulting professor at Auburn University. He is an emeritus associate professor at The Ohio State University, where he worked for 33 years focusing on pollination ecology. He has written several books as well as articles for Bee Culture Magazine. In other words, he knows what he’s talking about!
In “The Beekeepers’ Problem Solver”, the author, a beekeeper for over 40 years, gives us some insight into 100 of the common problems beekeepers have. Each page of the book addresses one problem, the cause and its solution. Thankfully, this book hits on some of the simple questions we beekeepers might not have the courage to ask about. It’s a simple read and doesn’t go into depth on problem solving. If you need a more in depth answer you’ll have to look elsewhere, but Dr. Tew gets you started in the right direction.
This book doesn’t just answer beginner questions. One question that has been bothering me for years is that in the summer the lower brood box is filled with pollen and nothing else. As the bee population decreases, I’d like to limit the space the bees have to patrol. This box of pollen seems to be wasted space but I always hate to throw away a resource. Dr. Tew confirmed my theory about the extra stored pollen. I won’t tell you the answer to the problem. You’ll have to check out Dr. Tew’s book to see what he has to say.