Re: Lack of a harvest
Well yes......and no. While its true that the bulk of beekeepers income currently comes from pollination that has only been the case in about the past 5 years not in the decades and decades before. Very few large Midwestern honey producers even attempted to go west into California until the interstate highway system made it feasible to haul truckloads through the mountains long after WW2.
Originally Posted by bluegrass
Speaking for ourselves honey production is still the primary criteria we select for when choosing breeders and pollination is still not even close to being our main income source. Commercial beekeepers that also plan on almond pollination want large hives early in the season for honey production and they don't want the clusters to shrink much in the fall and winter. Yes, that takes supplemental feeding, quite a bit of it but that has nothing to do with their ability to make honey and lots of it when the nectar is available. There is no such conditioning response that I have ever observed that would back up the theory that bees that are fed during nectar deaths are unable to produce honey when the conditions change.
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