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Where we stand

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Well, it looks like all of the yards will have produced something this year. Not much, but at least something. Hundreds of our honey supers are on moth crystals instead of hives, but we did not get totally shut out of a crop. We can probably classify it as “fair” rather than very poor. So, […]

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Honey-making weather is here

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It’s finally heating up and drying out. The planting ran so late that there will be soybeans blooming through most of August. I also saw some bees on the first yellow flowers to open a few days ago. There is some chance we could get another 20-50 pounds this month, it’s just so rare that […]

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Somebody left the faucet running

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I was planning to go and check a few yards today. I didn’t really expect to see a lot of honey given the latest weather, but I was curious to see if a few of them had blown over from some recent winds. So what happens? Late yesterday afternoon winds (some around 75 mph) blew […]

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Not much honey

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Yesterday I drove around to see what transpired while I was away to England and Sweden, but the news wasn’t the best. We’re closing in on August and there hasn’t been a really good flow in all of the yards. About 1/3 of them have had a significant amount of honey fill the boxes, but […]

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Some honey on the way

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The odds for a good crop are increasing. Some of the strong colonies have already begun to gather a couple of boxes of honey. Most of the splits still have very little or nothing stored away for us. The bloom is pretty good, and we definitely have enough soil moisture to sustain the flowers if […]

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A new beeyard

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This morning Alex and I moved several pallets into their permanent spot in a new location. The landowner has hosted our bees in one spot or another for the last fifteen years–now some land juggling has us at his future homestead. In total contrast to the homebuilders that wanted our bees off their land earlier […]

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The building (almost) begins…..

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We had hoped that the building expansion for our honey house would get underway in February or March, but last week the weather cooperated enough to allow some dirt work. When the addition is complete, we will have twice the space to work with. One section of the new building will house the extracting line, […]

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Where have the queens gone?

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After a slow, slow start to the beekeeping season, we have managed to run out of queens. There were an excess of them on order, but we distributed so many that we have run short ourselves. Enough to finish splitting should arrive on Friday. I did not have much luck with the lot of queens […]

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Bees looking up

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The weather has turned in our favor over the last several days. The bees are gathering fresh nectar and loads of pollen. It’s a long road to full-strength colonies, but things are finally headed in the right direction. Some of the parent colonies that declined after I split them have turned the corner toward recovery. […]

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Extreme Wintering 2008

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BiggestMeow’s comment in the last entry mentioned our yard that sits at the bottom of a river levy….Well, that yard no longer holds any bees. Now to divulge the circumstances of vacating that yard On two occasions, we fished the bees out of a few feet of water, but this year the story had a […]