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Honey Flow Prospects 2021

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We are pushing surplus boxes out of the building as fast as we can manage in hopes of catching the major honey flow. The intro image shows one of our flatbeds that took a nosedive into an underground spring as one of our crews was en route to a supering destination. We hooked up two […]

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June Heat and Happy Bees – 2021

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Early June has brought on a strong clover bloom and plenty of heat to let the bees have plenty of foraging opportunity. A lot of times we don’t get the right conditions for yellow sweet clover to yield anything significant in our area. The white sweet clover that blooms a few weeks later is generally […]

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New Hives for Spring 2021

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We are in the midst of hive creation 2021. We didn’t shake packages in 2021 because we knew that we had to do a lot of splitting from our overwintered hives. Packages are usually shaken out of the top box of a very strong hive, and then they need to recover population for a couple […]

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Fall Updates 2019

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The bees are still shaping up well for fall 2019. It looks like primary caretaking should be finished in roughly one week, and then there will be a little cleanup duty followed by the great bee roundup. Feed and mite control continue to be the main points of focus. Fortunately the bees are putting on […]

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Fall Feeding 2019

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Fall feeding requirements have been inconsistent from yard to yard. We have a good number of hives down in Muscatine county and a similar number near Kalona. It’s a roughly forty minute drive between them. They were all two-deep doubles through the honey season. The inspection schedule between all of these locations for harvest, mite […]

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The Mite Fright (and Fight).

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The image above is the last yard we harvested in 2019, and we always give a mite treatment on the day of harvest. It’s a time when the hives are already open, and it’s essential to get the sequence underway as quickly as possible in late summer. These particular hives were all singles that weren’t […]