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  1. #1
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    Default Do bees quit gathering nectar when its in the 90's?

    We are entering an unusually long run of 90-98 days with high humidity. Clearly, they will invest more time in cooling the hive and bringing in water, but what about collecting nectar? Right now is our peak flow time. Is the heat going to diminish yields?

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    Default Re: Do bees quit gathering nectar when its in the 90's?

    We have mid to upper 90's all summer long. Been really bad here since June. Our bees are really packing in the honey. So hasn't bothered them here.

    Johnny
    "Suppose you were an idiot and suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself." - Mark Twain

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    Default Re: Do bees quit gathering nectar when its in the 90's?

    Great honey flow on right now. Same temps as you are getting. Soybeans produce the best when the days are over 80 and the nights are over 70 so hang on and put on more supers

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    Default Re: Do bees quit gathering nectar when its in the 90's?

    Historically 90's and humid is good for honey production, until things dry out too much. Sometimes alfalfa will not grow enough to be cut and will bloom in this weather. Typically after it dries out and the flow stops, it will restarrt in earnest 3 days after a daytime rain, sometimes sooner if it is at night.

    Crazy ROland

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    Default Re: Do bees quit gathering nectar when its in the 90's?

    Thanks folks I'm grateful for the information.

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    Default Re: Do bees quit gathering nectar when its in the 90's?

    I thought the water evaporating from the nectar helped with cooling...

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