I am currently In Haiti starting a beekeeping project. I would like to know if anybody has experience feeding the sugar water after the sugar cane has been crushed. Anybody know the approxiamte sugar concentration of such water. From what I have seen here bees could benefit from stimulative feeding prior to the honeyflow. Sugar is relatively expensive for the participants but sugarcane is grown locally and could be a good fit if it is not toxic or if there are not too many undigestible particles.

A thicker syrup can be had. Basically molasses at a reasonnable price. I know molasses have a high HMF content and this can be deadly to a hive that needs to overwinter. That is not the issue here. I think that the bees will be able to void the HMF's and be fine, but I lack experience in this area. Comments are needed. Thanks.

Jean-Marc