View Poll Results: Southern California Honey Crop above or below average?

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  • Above

    1 6.67%
  • Below

    11 73.33%
  • About right.

    2 13.33%
  • Too soon to tell.

    1 6.67%
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  1. #21
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    Default Re: How is your crop looking?

    I have outyards all over the San Diego area. Inspecting them is expensive!!
    Raising Vermont Bees one mistake at a time.
    USDA Zone 5A

  2. #22
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    Default Re: How is your crop looking?

    Quote Originally Posted by Solomon Parker View Post
    Looks like some fellas didn't read the poll question. You northeasterners taking a vacation this year?
    Yup, you are right. I see now. I saw the Thread Title and clicked on it and answered the Poll w/out reading the whole thing. I guess everyone who isn't from Southern California has skewed, or screwed up, the Poll. Can the OPer delete unwanted responses? I bet not.

    Sorry. You'd better start again. Thanks for pointing that out Solomon. My bees in S.CA. didn't do well at all. Starved.
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  3. #23
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    Default Re: How is your crop looking?

    Quote Originally Posted by Vance G View Post
    Alfalfa does best with wet feet, cool nights and hot days. Give it that and there aren't enough bees to use it up. If you could just arrange that for all of us the next six weeks, we will all be filthy rich.
    It would need very long legs to get it's feet wet here! All I've been doing is watering trees. We need rain!!! The cool nights and hot days we have.
    "Can't never did do nothin'" Grandma Heltsley

  4. #24
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    Default Re: How is your crop looking?

    We had a great spring flow here, most hives filled 3 + supers, looks like our flow has just ended, wish I had enough hives to justify shipping them north for the rest of the summer.

  5. #25
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    Default Re: How is your crop looking?

    Quote Originally Posted by Solomon Parker View Post
    Looks like some fellas didn't read the poll question.
    Pot meet kettle? What part of Southern California is Arkansas in?
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  6. #26
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    Default Re: How is your crop looking?

    Didn't vote.
    Solomon Parker, Parker Farms, ParkerFarms.biz
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  7. #27
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    Default Re: How is your crop looking?

    Another non-reader. I voted in the poll. Sorry about that.

    Here in Indy we had a great spring, but now the drought has caused the clover to dry up, and the flow has stopped.
    The best laid plans of mice and me.

  8. #28
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    Default Re: How is your crop looking?

    Quote Originally Posted by Solomon Parker View Post
    Didn't vote.
    Oops. Sorry.
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  9. #29
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    Default Re: How is your crop looking?

    The crop was well below average in NJ

    Tim Stewart

  10. #30
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    Default Re: How is your crop looking?

    We have not had rain for at least 2 months. Pollen was good but no nectar. Maybe the buckwheat will save us.

  11. #31
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    Default Re: How is your crop looking?

    You guys want to be in the UK, worst crops as long as I can remember, persistant rain, and cold for summer, queens not getting mated, disappearing on mating flights, we could moan for hours, local honey is going to be short this year

  12. #32
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    Default Re: How is your crop looking?

    My bees are putting away a little but it cannot last. It is very hot and dry with no rain forecast. Plus we are into the time of year when it may not rain again until snow. Wonder how much sugar I will need to feed them and get them heavy enough to winter.

  13. #33
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    Default Re: How is your crop looking?

    It's turning out to be a sobering year for us. Poorly mated queens, swarmy, slow build up. We marked all our queens 3 weeks ago, as of today about a third of them are gone or have been replaced. Found some foulbrood this week too. Pretty sure I bought it from a retiring beekeeper, there go a few more. I hate destroying bees and equipment. I've been trying to find a gamma irradiation facility here in Southern California that is familiar with hive equipment sterilization. No luck yet.

  14. #34
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    Default Re: How is your crop looking?

    My girls are new, April 15, start with 3 lb packages, three hives . So far they have filled one deep, one and one half supers per hive. When the rain lets up a bit they are hauling in pollen. (six inches rain in last 5 days). The big flow here is in April and May, Chinese Tallow, and they were not quite ready for it. Urban environment, no farms, much open uncultivated land.

  15. #35
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    Default Re: How is your crop looking?

    A good hundred pound average here. Most colonies with 2 mediums and a comb honey super full, and we added extra supers a couple weeks ago. Ran out of supers and added deeps of foundation. If they fill those you'll hear a huge Whoo-Hoo vibrating across the Green Mountain State!

  16. #36
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    Default Re: How is your crop looking?

    We have some pockets that made 100lbs. But an across the board 100 pounder dosent look to be in the cards this year without a dramatic turnaround in moisture. I wanna be like Mike.
    "People will generally accept facts as truth only if the facts agree with what they already believe."- Andy Rooney

  17. #37
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    Default Re: How is your crop looking?

    Taking off some honey next week. Will have some idea then. But, from what I saw yesterday, I'm sure there isn't a 100 lb average. Or do I mean "mean"?
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  18. #38
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    Default Re: How is your crop looking?

    I think you meant to mean mean.
    Dan Hayden 4 Years. 12 hives. Tx Free. USDA Zone 5b.

  19. #39
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    Default Re: How is your crop looking?

    I may well be grumpy at times, as some folks assume by my photo, but I am not mean. I mean, meanness isn't my disposition on average.
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  20. #40
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    Default Re: How is your crop looking?

    You could post photos of yourself smiling occasionally. It might help.
    Solomon Parker, Parker Farms, ParkerFarms.biz
    11 Years Treatment-Free, ~25 Colony Baseline

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