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  1. #1
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    Default alfalfa as bee forage

    I am a beekeeper in Moab,Utah, a very dry area. My bees are located next to a very large alfalfa field and the owner lets the field stay in bloom for a few weeks between cutting. If you walk out into the field it is loaded with bees. Earlier in the summer the bees were bringing in nectar from this field but currently they are working the alfalfa but are not bringing nuch into the hives. Is it possible that the alfalfa can be in bloom but not produce nectar? This is an irrigated field.

  2. #2
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    Poplar Bluff, Missouri, USA
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    Default Re: alfalfa as bee forage

    I love alfalfa fields! Wish I was near some again.
    Temperature has to be right for alfalfa to produce. It could also be your bees are backfilling the brood nest getting ready for winter, and you're not seeing any surplus in your supers.
    Regards,
    Steven
    "If all you have is a hammer, the whole world is a nail." - A.H. Maslow

  3. #3
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    Default Re: alfalfa as bee forage

    Is it possible that the alfalfa can be in bloom but not produce nectar?

    Yes.

    Crazy Roland, Entomological engineer.

  4. #4
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    Default Re: alfalfa as bee forage

    Nectar flow falls off quickly after August first. The days are rapidly getting shorter and days and nights cooler. Alfalfa likes hot weather for nectar.

  5. #5
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    Limestone Co, Alabama
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    Default Re: alfalfa as bee forage

    Quote Originally Posted by rioverde View Post
    ... My bees are located next to a very large alfalfa field and the owner lets the field stay in bloom for a few weeks between cutting...
    I wish all beekeeps could live beside a lazy alfalfa grower.
    Scrapfe---Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied.--Otto von Bismarck.

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