Archives for: July 2017, 16

Bees in the Clover, Soybeans, and a New Pony!

by Jorge

The clovers are somewhat past their peak, but there is still a good amount of them in bloom. Yellow is truly gone, but there is about a week left for the white sweet clover. The Dutch clover bloom may have lasted the longest I've ever seen. It is also past its peak, but a respectable amount is still flowering--especially in towns where it is cut back on lawns and just regrows with the rains.

Red clover usually isn't a good honey plant, but honeybees will go for it in drought years or on poor soil--essentially conditions that stunt the flowers. One of my locations has about fifteen acres that came in with dense red clover this year. The bees were flying low from the hive entrances and diving right into it. Here's one of the ladies at work:

The first-planted soybeans came into bloom about ten days ago, and it looks like we have the right combination of moisture and heat to get something significant. We'll see how the weather goes, but the soybeans have helped stimulate quite a bit of foundation drawing in the past several days.

Andrew, on the other hand, was getting a lesson today from Grandpa Phil on how the honey flows into the bottling tanks (you can only see his blonde head over the shoulder)! We will hope that many barrels get to follow this path as the harvest gets underway.

Andrew may not remember his lesson perfectly because he also has a new pony drawing some of his attention. Little lady "Rowdy" just arrived today: