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    Re: Advice for Package Bees

    While more expensive you might look for nucs instead of packages of bees.

    Tom
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    Re: Fall flow not happening in Midwest?

    From the activity, pollen coming in and smell in the bee yards I would say we are having a good fall flow in central Ohio. With highs in the low to mid-60's this past weekend I did not check any...
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    Re: Does buckwheat have a strong smell

    Buckwheat nectar/honey has a strong smell that is distinct from goldenrod. I like both honeys but a little buckwheat honey goes a long way. Goldenrod is my favorite honey.

    Tom
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    Re: WOW--Fast Blooming Buckwheat

    Plot size can be a factor also. If your little plot is small and there are other, more plentiful nectar sources available the bees may ignore a smaller source.

    Tom
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    Re: Pulling honey supers on a cloudy day

    As you mentioned you may not have many 'ideal' days left. The best day to harvest honey is when you have the time and frames are ready.

    There may be more bees in the hives and they may not be on...
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    Re: I'm stumped on identifying a pollen.

    I would guess Sweet Autumn, Clematis paniculata. http://www.whiteflowerfarm.com/26630-product.html#

    I am seeing it too. Of course, there is quite a bit of it here in town, including my yard!
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    Re: What would you do???

    Here in central Ohio I regularly overwinter hives in a double deep, 8-frame, configuration. I have also done a deep and a medium with smaller colonies. Irregardless, you need to make sure the...
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    Re: what to do with so many bees at harvest

    The bees will fit in the hive without the supers on. A big brood nest like a double deep provides allows for lots of bees. Lots of bees can make lots of honey. Lots of bees can also make lots of...
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    Re: WOW--Fast Blooming Buckwheat

    Buckwheat is also notorious for having a nectar flow in the morning only. Hie foraging on it can get testy in the afternoon when thier food source dries up.

    I have a local farmer that double...
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    Re: Sainfoin innoculant storage

    My guess would also be that the innoculant will not stay viable in storage very long. Maybe a few weeks or months. Cool dry conditions will help.

    We used to innoculate soybeans for seed...
  11. Re: Snow drop and crocus planting for early Spring bloom

    I don't have snow drops in my yard so I am not sure if they will be before crocus or not. They both bloom very early. It is not uncommon to have a late snow on crocus flowers.

    Here in Ohio the...
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    Re: Monster seed clover looking for info

    Which clover? Mamoth red? No, I don't think so.

    Tom
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    Re: Greenhouse / Bee compatability question

    Honey bees that make it into the greenhouse will most likely get trapped in the eaves/peak. A small hole will help them get out. It can be very small.

    Tom
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    Re: Queen cells everywhere...

    I have a friend who just discovered three hives with queencells out of nine he moved to a field of buckwheat.

    I have also noticed several of my hives have tried to replace queens late this summer....
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    Re: A plan to increase honey production

    Having a strong hive with no brood to raise during a nectar flow will increase honey production. Assuming your nucs are strong enough, your plan sounds good.

    Tom
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    Re: Is the entrance too small?

    No, that should be big enough.

    Tom
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    Re: Maxant uncapping plane

    I have limited experience with my plane but, I like it a lot better than a hot knife or capping scratcher.

    Tom
  18. Thread: Jacket opinions?

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    Re: Jacket opinions?

    I have the ventilated jacket from Blue Sky. I am very happy with it. It is nice to feel the breeze when it is hot. I have not been stung through the jacket or veil yet. I was moving a couple of...
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    Re: Top Entrance Hive Question ...

    I also use upper entrances exclusively. To switch my old bottoms boards over I just tape it over with duct tape. As Mike mentioned you could screen it off to provide more ventilation. If you use...
  20. Thread: Bee Biology 101

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    Re: Bee Biology 101

    Bees can at times sting through clothing. The stings through clothing often are less severe because there is less of the stinger to go into yuor skin. It is easier to get stung through tight...
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    Re: flow is on today what plant is this

    Giant ragweed is often called horseweed because it grows as tall as a man on horseback.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ambrosia_trifida

    Tom
  22. Thread: sweet clover

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    Re: sweet clover

    Hmmm...sweet clover did very good in Polk Co. FL. It was the best crop to plant to help dry out the clay ponds after phosphate mining.

    Tom
  23. Thread: sweet clover

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    Re: sweet clover

    Markus,

    I have not been personally been involved with sweet clover seed harvest My grandfather use to raise and sell sweet clover seed. I remember the story of when he sold a railcar load. This...
  24. Re: I see pollen, does that mean nectar is flowing too?

    It can also be true that just because the bees are not bringing in pollen does not mean thay are not bringing in nectar.

    Tom
  25. Thread: sweet clover

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    Re: sweet clover

    Regular sweet clover is a biennial. You plant it one year, it overwinters, then flowers the next year and dies. Typically, not all the seed germinates the first year, some of it will germinate the...
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