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Illinois farmers scrambling after massive losses to honeybee hives

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WATERMAN - Northern Illinois has suffered major losses among hives of honeybees due to the harsh winter.  

Beekeepers are now scrambling to replenish their hives to produce honey and to pollinate crops such as pumpkins, raspberries, and apples.  DeKalb County beekeepers lost over 70 percent of their bees during the winter, much higher than the average 40 percent they say are lost.

Steve Bock, the owner of Honey Hill Orchard in Waterman, says he keeps the bees to pollinate his 3,000 apple trees on his orchard, and had to buy 100,000 new bees.  However, they've yet to mature.
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