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Sweet September (so far)!

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The weather has been extremely kind for the past few weeks as we continue with the honey harvest and mite treatments. The beautiful box of honey at the top of this post was discovered yesterday and put me in an extra good mood! I have around 100 bonus hives that were started very late from […]

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Harvest Progress and Oddities!

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Yesterday we went on a mite treatment blitz to make the most of a Saturday afternoon. At the last location, we spotted a gigantic five-pound cluster nestled between a lid and a hive. That’s what you see in the image above. Sure enough, we gently pulled back the lid and discovered white worker comb that […]

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Crunch Time in Honey Land 2019

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It’s great to see the honey barrels counting up as harvest continues. Now is also the time to pick up the pace or suffer the consequences. Most of the months April-November feature some type of urgency to keep on top of the bees, but the beginning of September has always felt like the time when […]

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Loads O’ Honey 2019

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We are now focused on getting the 2019 crop into barrels and the bees treated for parasites. I never get tired of bringing home the first loads, priming the system, and getting the first few barrels full. Since the crop looks better than average this year, we have a busy several weeks ahead of us. […]

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Harvest Away! 2019

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The main honey harvest month is upon us. Until several years ago, we waited until later in August to start stripping the hives of all their surplus boxes. We sometimes even got a strong late summer flow that filled 1-3 boxes after the first pull. Now we don’t even try for a late flow in […]

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Peak Bloom 2019

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We are within several days of the most diverse collection of quality honey flowers that we will see in 2019. The windup has been fairly slow with very moist and relatively cool weather the past three weeks. Trefoil and yellow sweet clover are still near their prime, Dutch clover is strong, and white sweet clover […]

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June Nucs in the Pro Nuc

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I have to wonder how many people google “nucs” and end up really confused about winding up at a bee blog. . . . A good laugh for the beekeepers of the world 🙂 Right now we have around fifty June nucs maturing. I went through and checked the queens, and they seem to be […]