Here comes harvest!
Andria's Impressive Pallet--Many Industrious Bees in the Air! Good news, there are quite a number of hives that gathered a few boxes of honey already. Harvest should start this week. Then we will know if the extracting equipment is really ready to run--at least it is cleaned up, plumbed together, and looking primed for action! Monday or Tuesday the first boxes should come home. It has been a few years since we turned over honey supers twice in a season. A few locations are still not performing, but the majority in eastern Iowa appear to have some kind of respectable crop. Right now we're moving into a period that often involves a lull in nectar production as the clovers and trefoil wind down in the next 7-10 days. We did get some rain over the past couple of days that should help spur the yellow flowers of later summer into a good vegetative stage. Then we will have to hope that the flowers pop and the heat returns at the same time. Fingers crossed for a two-pull honey season! Surely all will go well with Alex's cat Oliver watching over us! Oliver, Pride of the Pella Bees! Maybe the chickens will smile on us too. They sneaked in and helped Sammy sort some cut comb frames in the warehouse a couple of weeks ago! Hopefully some of these cut comb boxes are now getting pulled out in the field. At least a few boxes should come off and head for the extracting and packaging room this week. Most of them need another good flow to get done this season. I sure hope it arrives!