Re: Getting off the "package treadmill"
I think that there is a bit of a misconception among some northeners that southern beekeeping is a panacea. While they do get milder winters and much earlier springs that is offset by the mite challenges that result from longer seasons and quite often long hot summers with a dearth of nectar. I love the benefits of getting bees down south for the winter but I hesitate to ever move them there too early as I prefer to see the queens shut down up north first.
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