The life of a farmer is tough. If the weather does not get you something else will. People wonder why when they drive in the country they see abandoned farms and homesteads. It's years like this that caused people to just pack up and leave out of frustration,starvation or just plain going broke. On a smaller scale I can relate. I went into last winter with almost 3 deeps loaded with bees and honey. I left 150 lbs or more in each hive for the bees. They where doing fine in early spring only to find them all dead in late spring, almost all the honey available. I haved new packages and they where doing real well. The weather went from cold and wet to no rain for 30+ days and then just a drizzle. Nothing to eat so they where not putting up any extra honey. Yesterday I found my haves completely destroyed by bears. They ate everything including the comb. So I get to start all over in the spring.
I have my hives set up on platforms built on steel poles 8' above the ground. I designed them to keep the bears out. Some how some smart guy figured out how to climb steel poles. I will slather them with axle grease next time and see what he thinks of that. If I see him this fall I may just be using bear grease instead.