Maine’s blueberry growers are expecting to pay higher prices for honeybees to pollinate their fields this
spring following a die-off of bees across the country.
Maine’s blueberry crop requires about 50-thousand beehives for
pollination each year, with most of the hives brought to Maine from
Spencer Allen of Allen’s Wild Maine Blueberries in Blue Hill
says he usually imports about 12-hundred hives for 800 acres of
He says the price he will pay has risen from about 50 dollars to
70 dollars for each hive placed in his fields next month.
Commercial beekeepers in 26 states have reported that they have
lost between 50 and 90 percent of their bees to an unidentified
Scientists say the country’s food supply may be at risk if die-off continues unabated.