Well, I guess that is why its called farming!! Its not a good thing for the bee keeper when the hay guy / cattle rancher is happier than heck that the star thistle didnt show up this year!! I am pouring the surgar syrup and pollen patties to the hives in the country because there is absolutely NOTHING going on out there, atleast nothing that would even sustain one hive, let alone 8 hives. Seems the only place that the star thistle is taking off right now is in the foothills of the Sierras.
I even took a drive through the back roads here in the farming country surrounding Tracy and was looking for potential areas to put a small bee yard, atleast something is blooming at one time or another. Now all I have to do is get the nads up to knock on a door and ask the question, " you wouldnt happen to have a little bit of space for me to put some hives would you?" LOL
Anyone else in CA having a "less than banner" year??