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  1. #1
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    Apr 2010
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    Lamont, Florida, USA
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    Default Hoping for honey soon!

    This is my first time on any bee site...looking forward to sharing info. I have two hives doing well, though one swarmed a month ago...still hoping to harvest some honey at least for the family. Eventually I want to be in the honey business. I have ordered two additional hives for May delivery and hope to add even more when I get the hang of all this. I am starting my second year with my existing two hives and have never harvested any honey from them. I live in Lamont, Florida (North Florida) just southeast of Tallahassee. I will attend my first "bee group" meeting next week and hope to meet some interesting other beeks!

    Does anyone know when the best time will be to harvest honey in my area?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Algonquin, IL, USA
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    Default Re: Hoping for honey soon!

    Obviously it depends on when the honeyflow is for your area. I found a cool source of data on NASA's honeybeenet site.

    http://honeybeenet.gsfc.nasa.gov/Sites/national_map.htm

    Look at the hive-scale data for your area, and that will give you at least an indication of when hives gain weight. There are a couple of data points in FLA.

    Hope that helps.

    Ken

    http://honeybeenet.gsfc.nasa.gov/ima...rg,FL_plot.png

    http://honeybeenet.gsfc.nasa.gov/ima...FLAll_plot.png
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  3. #3
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    Jun 2009
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    Malabar, FL
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    Default Re: Hoping for honey soon!

    welcome from a fellow Floridaian
    A government large enough to provide everything you need is strong enough to take everything you have. T. Jefferson

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Lamont, Florida, USA
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    Default Re: Hoping for honey soon!

    Thank you, peacekeeper...looks like it won't be long now...May or June. I will try to get more data on the honey flows in my area.

  5. #5
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    Location
    Alachua County, FL, USA
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    Default Re: Hoping for honey soon!

    Welcome the beekeepers up there will have the best idea.

  6. #6
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    Location
    Nehawka, Nebraska USA
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    Default Re: Hoping for honey soon!

    I'm fond of waiting for cold weather. I can better judge how much they need and I can pull supers without bees in them...
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Plant City, Florida
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    Default Re: Hoping for honey soon!

    Welcome,
    you can harvest anytime you have capped honey, how are you planning to extract?
    Bob

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