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  1. #1
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    Sep 2010
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    Jamestown, North Dakota, USA
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    Thumbs Up How's your spring????

    Spring has been slow in coming this year. We had 17 inches of wet snow Sunday and Monday. More is forecast in a couple days without much warming. The moisture is great and when the weather breaks, we may have the mother of all fruit blooms!! I called yesterday and delayed my queen shipment a week and hope I don't have to postpone again. My bees will be in oranges for a couple more weeks before they get shipped home. I don't see that I will be able to get a semi in my pasture given all the snow that has to melt before the soil thaws and dries out so I'll be shuttling them out there for my annual splitting in a smaller vehicle. Extra work but the conditions are looking good for a strong start for the 2013 season.


    How's it looking in your summer spots? You cold and wet too Ian?

  2. #2
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    Dec 2003
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    Bismarck, ND USA
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    Default Re: How's your spring????

    Yeah, Chip. Spring, what spring? My load was supposed to leave CA on Sunday, obviously that got delayed. Will be at least a couple of weeks. Hopefully the moisture will pay off.
    Gregg Stewart

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    Pigeon Falls, WI
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    Default Re: How's your spring????

    Rain.Rain.little Sun...more rain coming. Snow forecasted for Fri with 22F for the low. First load left CA this morning. Second load is leaving tomorrow. This WI weather should set the swarm urge back a little.lol I'm thinking when the weather finally breaks there should be several nectar/pollen sources that should start about the same time. The maples are just starting to bud here.
    Leer Family Honey Farm-Shannon Leer

  4. #4
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    Jan 2009
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    Cookeville, TN, USA
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    Default Re: How's your spring????

    Can't really complain so far. Weather has not been extreme, and now that there is a flow the bees have had good opportunities to go out and get it. Also, hives that were not as strong as I would have liked last fall have actually built up quite nicely - with a little help in the form of pollen sub. Swarm season is on though.
    Since '09-25H-T-Z6b

  5. #5
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    Nov 2004
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    Camarillo, CA, USA
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    Default Re: How's your spring????

    You are all welcome to send the rain to California, everytime i get off the main road a dust cloud follows me.
    Larry Pender,Jubilee HoneyBee Company,Camarillo, CA

  6. #6
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    Default Re: How's your spring????

    Bees still sit in storage! Running very late this spring. Going to start moving them out tomorrow night, lets hope warm weather prevails
    Ian Steppler >> Canadian Beekeeper's Blog
    www.stepplerfarms.com

  7. #7
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    Location
    Solano, California, USA
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    Default Re: How's your spring????

    Quote Originally Posted by LSPender View Post
    You are all welcome to send the rain to California, everytime i get off the main road a dust cloud follows me.

    I agree with Larry, Spring? We are still wondering where winter went.... thats if it ever came. The nectar flow is going to bomb hard shortly but I do have to declare that the weather for Almond bloom and every day since has been nothing bit a bonanza for queen and bee build up.

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