Storm corner - Picture of István Dányi
Artificially inseminated queen bee and her F1 daughters in production
Queen bee is in the process of artificial insemination
Storm corner - Picture of István Dányi

Introduction

Storm corner is the name of a Hungarian region; the name started to be widely used after the 1937 book of Géza Féja having the same title, so this is probably the youngest region name in Hungary. Most of its territory today belongs to Békés County, but it also spreads to the Northeastern part of Csongrád County. The best soils of Hungary can be found here, it is also called the pantry of the country. Five so called Hungarikums (Hungarian national specialities) come from here, four from Békés, one from Csongrád.

Our apiary can be found in Szeghalom, the northern part of Békés County. Currently we work with 270 honey-producing families, they also provide the basis of our apicultural research and selection work.

Artificially inseminated queen bee and her F1 daughters in production

Honeybees and working with them were not new to us since both our parents and grandparents kept bees. Our separate apiary was established in 1978 by capturing a natural swarm. Due to initial success we enhanced our populations continuously every year. At the beginning we only did stationary beekeeping, but later we used a mobile container to help migratory work.

According to market demand we switched the to organic beekeeping in 1998 which is how we work currently ever since. With acquiring the knowledge of the successes and failures of the last two decades we no can proudly say that our population is managed without any synthetic chemicals. Our credibility is supported by the certificate of Biokontroll Hungária Nonprofit Ltd. which is also available online.

We proudly submit our apiary products (honey, beeswax, propolis) to the strict food safety examination of Wessling Hungary Ltd. on the buyer’s request. Our products are of premium quality and are mostly sold on the international market.

Queen bee is in the process of artificial insemination

In 2014 we reached another milestone, we became official queen breeders, so we joined the Hungarian Bee Breeders Associaton (Magyar Méhtenyésztők Országos Egyesülete, MMOE). The association has a strong cooporetion with the Livestock Gene-Preservation Center (Haszonállat-génmegőrzési Központ, HáGK) in Gödöllő. As an active member of the association we were not satisfied with this however, so in our apiary we introduced a special part of livestock breeding, a method that has not been used in the last forty years: instrumental insemination.

To enhance our breeding work we established connections with the National Agricultural Research And Innovation Centre (Nemzeti Agrárkutatási és Innovációs Központ, NAIK) where we supported their domestic bee genetics and genomics research with test material.

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