First year beekeeper located in Central Arkansas, with two hives and was wanting to know if I could harvest some honey this year. Bees still bring in nector and pollen, I think it is from soy bean fields near my place and maybe from some gardens in peoples yard, there is also some plants blooming on the lake I live on. All boxes are 10 frame.
First hive with a deep still has new brood and larve in it, first med box is full of capped honey, and second med box has 4 frames capped and the other frames are abut 30 to 60% full of honey.
Second hive has two deeps, first deep has lots of brood and larve in it, the second deep has 6 frames full of capped honey and the other 4 frames about 70% full of honey. Have added on med box and they have one frame capped and several more with comb and honey on them.
How much should I leave them or do I leave it all for them.
Also if they dont fill the boxes up before winter do I leave them or would that be to much for them to mantain during the winter.
If I was to harvest any should I wait to later in the year, very hot and dry hear this year.