Re: Pollination versus Honey production
It also depends on the crop that's being pollinated. pollination in the cranberries is very hard on the bees and the hives might even need to be fed. On the other hand pollinating seed alfalfa is most likely going to give some good surplus honey. I think the number one reason for a beek that relies on pollination as his main income to stall honey production is have the hives to tall for when they move them out. for the beeks that have a large number of hives spend a lot of time moving and doing general hive maintenance (queen rearing, requeening, nuc making, ect) that siad some others also sell bees to keep the hives from swarming whether as nucs or packages. quite often commercial pollinators also have to many hives in a yard to do any honey and most often still have to feed then, also known as the feed-lot-beekeeper.
Will Gruenwald Chilliwack BC