The Way Forward?
I've been musing on the similarities of the work of two innovators, Mike Palmer and Mel Disselkoen. As I read it Mike's method of splitting his least productive colonies in the flow and, requeening with chosen stock parallels Mel's splitting of colonies in July for brood break and resultant mite control.
What I have read here on Beesource and at MDA Splitter has me convinced that the way forward is overwintering nucs.
Has anyone else established what is the most effective length of a broodless period to knock back the mites? Mel has an example of 22 days with a queen emerging from a cell on day four after the nuc was made.
Do the experienced proponents of overwintered nucs use also use the "nuking" process as primary mite control? Thoughts anyone?