BeeGeorge Honey, LLC
Honey = 100%
Anything Else = 0%
November 2016 Summary
Heading into the winter, the honeybees themselves are doing pretty well. There is a low mite count, populous hives and sufficient winter stores on most hives.
The 2016 harvest was disappointing, to say the least.
The year started off great with a warm March and the promise of a stellar season. Dashing all my hopes, April was freezing and it rained every day of the month. This was devastating. Honeybees can't fly when it's cold and even when they could, the rain knocked the nectar out of the flowers and then knocked the flowers off the trees. May and June were fine but the damage had been done.
The two main crops, locust and tulip poplar trees were tiny to non-existent due to the poor weather. While farmers were mostly able to delay plantings, there was just no way for the bees to recover.
But that's old news now. With only a little clean up work remaining, we move into our winter slumber, dreaming of the season to come. zzzzzzzzzzzzz
Spring 2017 Summary
Ok, this is just odd
I can’t remember the last “typical” year but this sure isn’t one of them! The bees started gaining serious strength toward the end of February and into March. I had many hives with almost full supers of honey in March. What? That’s crazy.
April continued the trend with hives at maximum strength and filling up box after box. I was running seriously low of supers and ordered a ton of new stuff to try to make up with foundation for my deficient in drawn comb.
Black locust came on schedule followed shortly by the tulip poplar. “Typically” that is the start of the main honey flow with the bees going nuts bringing in gallons and gallons of nectar. Rubbing my pine needle tar stained hands, I waited for the bounty. But no, the flowers were open but nothing was happening. It is like someone turned off the faucet, yes, OFF. What is that about? Any flower people have an answer for that? Sure there are some the dregs of dandelions, a nice crop of blackberries, and a rather poor start to clover but where is the main nectar flow?
On the positive side, the bees are drawing out foundation well which means they are getting something.
Hopefully, I’m just being premature and the clover will kick in full gear.