Excellent article on hubam clover
During the mid 80's my late friend Mark Hamilton and I put our bees [30 colonies] on about 30 acres of Hubam clover in the Kaufman Texas vicinity. The soil was blackland. The clover was in full bloom when we arrived with our trailer of netted bees. Wind was blowing stiff, but that didn't stop the bees, as they poured out of the colonies and hit the clover which wasn't hard. We pulled the truck up into clover about 7' tall and so thick you couldn't walk through it, covered with blooms from about about foot off the ground to the top of the clover. Dropped the trailer and pulled out. We were on that crop for only 3 weeks and the rancher turned the clover under when still in full bloom. Like clockwork we made a medium super of honey about every 5 days, from plastic frames to fully sealed and capped. When we left 3 weeks to the day later we had averaged 4 1/2 medium supers [about 200#] per colony. We would back Mark's flatbed dually truck up to the back of the trailer [loaded with 15 colonies down each side] and work the bees from the middle of the trailer, rotating and adding new supers by moving the completely sealed frames up and replacing with new clean plastic frames next to the brood nest. Bees coming and going everywhere. As I can remember, this was the first time I worked bees with no veil or gloves [Mark often worked his like this]. I don't think we ever were stung, or I don't remember if we were, as all the bees could think about was working that clover. Fond memories of my deceased friend Mark Hamilton. After the Rancher plowed our gold mine under we moved to cotton and then to some late bloom mesquite; but nothing could compare to that Hubam clover. We averaged over 300# per colony [7-8 mediums] that year. Mark was on all mediums with plastic frames, and I had deep brood boxes with duragilt foundation. I used Mark's medium supers for honey as I only had 5 of the 30 colonies.
Ran across this article concerning Hubam [white sweet clover], that I thought I would share with all. I have had nothing but good experiences with this abundant producing nectar plant.
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