I'm a beginner and cheerfully admit to knowing nothing of any importance, But here's something I've wondered about: is there a shortage of bee pasture in some or many areas?
Over the winter I've read a lot of books and forums and magazines, and I've learned that in certain areas, space to put out bees is fairly hard to come by. There seem to be little ongoing trade wars among large outfits over territory. But at the same time, the media tell me that bees are declining in numbers, and there are fewer colonies in the States than there used to be.
Our place up in NY, where I hope to put a couple hives in the spring, is all woods and unimproved pasture, with all sorts of good forage plants, and it's almost 10 acres, surrounded by 30 acres of conservancy land, meadow, marsh, and woods. I'm hoping I won't be stepping on anyone's toes, because I haven't seen any bee yards anywhere near the place-- at least any visible from the roads.
Anyway, I'm hoping folks who are in the business will be willing to comment on this. Is there a real problem with declining bee pasture acreage? Does the prevalence of corn and soybeans as cash crops put a big squeeze on beekeepers? Are there any efforts to preserve bee pasture as a national resource, or is this entirely a go-it-alone deal for the individual beekeeper?