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  1. #1
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    Apr 2008
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    Fair Grove,MO,USA
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    Default Chicory and iron weed

    Here in SW Mo. I have tons of chicory and iron weed,but rarely ever see a bee on them?Goldenrod isn!t much better. The old time beeks say it!s the soil ? We do have wild white and blue aster[they work the blue aster more]also spanish needle,wild mint,milkweed,wild sunflowers and some clovers.My neighbor across the road has 30 ac. of alfalfa that has bloomed longer between cuts because of all the rain,and still that way in aug.he,he.I thanked him for letting my bees forage longer,he didn!t think that was funny.I gave him a qt. of honey and he said your welcome.Do youi think it!s in the soil or some other factor.Thanks in advance for your replies.

  2. #2
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    Jun 2002
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    parker county, tx
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    I tend to believe it's just that something else in the area is more attractive. The reason I say this is because I have both chickory and ironweed. When the chickory is blooming, the bees are all over it. When the ironweed is blooming, the bumblers work it, but the honeybees don't. They both grow well in this area.
    So many weeds.......so little time.

  3. #3
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    Aug 2002
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    Nehawka, Nebraska USA
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    Mine sure work the chicory especially in a drought when everything else stops blooming...
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

  4. #4
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    Apr 2003
    Location
    Greenville, TX, USA
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    We have calico aster and golden rod in the fall. The honey bees work both. I see them on iron weed occasionally, but not great numbers.

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