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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Yea man! you made a challenge for me. No zero on the graph. I will plot this tomorrow if I have the time.
    This stinks, here the high tomorrow is 15 degrees F. My bees are freezing their stingers...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Thanks, Joe. Here is what I will do. I am going to develop a graph of grow degree days versus days. I want to see if the inflection point on the graph at about 10 to 15 degree days can be seen to...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Hi Joeinthehills: Can you send the zip code or is it 33541? I want to plot your swarm. Also what is the date of the swarm?

    Thanks,
    Swarm King
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Is this swarm right now in 2015? Can you please put the zip code>

    Thanks,
    Swarm King
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    Hi there Main Beekeeper! A way to watch the Swarm Dates/Season come up is by watching Grow Degree Days. Use the 50 degree baseline. If you checker board you hive (early spring management) early...
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    Re: Checker boarding

    So far the idea is in the good idea phase, that needs more trials. The Biological Control People are after the apple maggots, so they know already. Mine was a educated guess fudged by grow degrees...
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    Re: Checker boarding

    Hi! I am a NJ Beekeeper who used to swarm off all his hives until I used Walter Wright's technique known as checker boarding. Not that swarms do not have their place. It is just that all my great...
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    Re: Calculating Swarming dates

    Hi Bernard I am a NJ Beekeeper who used to swarm off all his hives until I used Walter Wright's technique known as checker boarding. Not that swarms do not have their place. It is just that all my...
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    Re: Checkboarding question...

    I noticed that tar paper was added to the fall/winter management. Wonderful-your hives responded by having to produce less heat to maintain the same temperature. This is another thing we all can...
  10. Checker Boarding Success/Swarm King dethroned

    I was not the first to say something about what we have fondly come to know as checker boarding, but I do declare that it works for swarm prevention if the timing is correct. There seem to be two...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Bridgewater, New Jersey
    Temp-70's to low 80's
    mild rain week
    June 7th to June 14th'
    Swarm date June 12th
    my yard most likely'
    Swarm type-most likely house keeping swarm/

    Google NW NJ...
  12. Spring management question/ checkerboarding

    Tomorrow will be 60 degrees here, but it will get cold again next week. We have had a real winter in Central Jersey this year and the bees burned honey. So I had to feed bee candy-significant...
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    Re: Post your bloom dates 2014!

    08807
    Bridgewater, NJ
    Red Maple
    moderate bloom
    1st day
    March 16, 2014
  14. Thread: Bloom dates

    by Swarm_King
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    Re: Bloom dates

    Hi Dominic! You are right about this in general and in specific maybe regarding corn. However, we are more concerned about select indicator plants in specific areas. Dandys are a good one but they...
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    Re: Bloom dates

    Thanks for what you said-Length of Day and Length of Night might also might add a handle.
    1st and foremost is records good records, then some indicator plants, and then reference what happens in...
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    Re: Post your bloom dates 2014!

    08807
    Pollen first observed in bee baskets: Pale yellow pollen-consistent with skunk cabbage,
    I did not see the plant make bloom, only bees with pollen in baskets-yipee!
    Grow degree days-2
    That...
  17. Thread: Bloom dates

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    Bloom dates

    Hi everyone, I see you are posting a request to write down bloom dates. This is an awesome thing. We are doing that here. In addition we are about doing a correlation between Growing Degree Days...
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