Re: Can bees make honey from soybeans?
I'm right next to a 100+ acre field of soybeans. My first year of harvesting honey ('07) they produced a crop for me that was equal to my clover harvest! The soybeans were planted in early May after harvesting winter wheat. The next year I expected more of the same but rain kept the farmer out of the fields until the beginning of July when he planted soybeans ('08). The flowers were the same color (purple) but the bees sat on their respective porches from late July on and completely ignored the late planted soybeans that appeared (to me) to be the same as the '07 beans.
The farmer this year was able to the beans in early this year. They look good so far but haven't started blooming yet. I'm harvesting this weekend as my supers are full from vetch and clover that's now coming to an end. The empty supers will tell the story if the long season beans produce honey or not. We just got a little rain this morning (.50) so they should start blooming shortly. Fingers crossed.
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