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    Re: honey bees and sweet clover?

    Sweet clover, white, yellow, annual and biennial, are all great nectar sources.

    Tom
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    Re: Recent experiences with Rossman Apiaries?

    I bought my first woodenware form them. I would use them more if they were closer, cheaper shipping.

    Tom
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    Re: scientificbeekeeping.com

    Wayne,

    Do you equate hobby beekeeping issues with the ones you have listed? I don't think a cure for HIV is on the same level as Oxalic acid treatment regiemes for varroa mite control. As far as...
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    Re: Should I be feeding in Ohio?

    This has been a pretty good honey year in Ohio. We never had very hot temps and regular rains kept the nectar flowing. Typically, we will have a short dearth in August. It did not seem that we had...
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    Re: scientificbeekeeping.com

    Roland,

    That is definately true.

    The drive for tenure for junior faculty overrides everything else. Publishing in refereed journals is the gold that tips the scales. Extension work/applied...
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    Re: The trouble with Russians

    If you are planning on a 'hands-off' approach to beekeeping it probably won't matter what strain of bee you get.

    Russians may, or may not, survive better than other hygenic stock.

    I was once a...
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    Re: Top feeders with Top Entrances?

    I have not had robbing problems with my upper entrance hives.

    I have/use division board, miller style and paint cans inverted on the top bars. My preference is the inverted paint cans ala Michael...
  8. Re: Buy proven survivor stock or continue to develop my own

    Why not both?

    Overly protective hives can quickly become not very fun to work/have. A 'few' stings can become more when a colony gets larger. These types of hives tend to not wait for you to...
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    Re: Central florida plant identification

    I don't think either are elderberries. The second looks like a member of the vaccinium family, related to blueberries. A type of gallberry possibly?

    Tom
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    Re: Custom Pollen Sub?

    I think the willow is easier to forage for honeybees than blueberry.

    Tom
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    Re: Fall flow not happening in Midwest?

    I have checked a few hives and it looks like we have had a good goldenrod flow so far. I had a medium super on a 5 over 5 nuc that was fully capped. We still have some goldenrod blooming, asters are...
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    Re: Custom Pollen Sub?

    Joe,

    I know this has been brought up in past threads. But, with other animals platability plays a big factor in feed consumption. Would adding sugar increase palatability? Which would/could...
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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...
  23. 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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