Back in late May we put out our 6 5/8 honey boxes and started to await the first honey flow. We often get some kind of surplus going into the overwintered hives somewhere between mid-May and the beginning of June.
Here’s an image of a yard setup for supering: Most of the hives are getting two honey supers, and a few of the splits are ready for a box of deep foundation along with a 2-gallon bucket of syrup.
This year the early flow was exceptional–probably the best I’ve ever seen. Some of our strongest hives put away 80-120 pounds of honey before the wettest June in Iowa history got underway. Now we’ve had about a week of sunshine that has given us hope for a crop off of the 2010 splits as well.
The good news is that we have already extracted some honey and put the first boxes back out to be filled a second time. Our last bumper crops were 2005 and 2006–It would be wonderful to break the 100lb/colony mark again. Unfortunately there is another 1-3 inches of rain in the forecast for the next couple of days which might kill the flow again. Hopefully we can dodge the heavy precipitation and stay on track for an impressive July.