Re: New hive location in a 50-acre organic clover field. How much better production?
(I wrote my reply before Beeman's post but it appears we are in agreement) Urban beekeeping in my area is much less productive with the exception of spring when various fruit trees are in bloom. I have had a few hives in my urban backyard that did do well in the spring when there was something for the bees to actually work and then they are moved out immediately. Local homeowner’s are quite prone to spray anything and everything they can get their hands on at the first sign of a bug. One only has to wander the isles of Lowes or Home Depot to see the huge available quantities of chemicals and pesticides. I have found that having my bee yards in rural agricultural areas with few homes are safer, as most of the farmers I have spoken with do not have the financial resources to spray or treat large tracts of land. In my rural area there are literally hundreds of back-yard beekeepers (mostly top bar) who have saturated areas to a degree that bees are barely sustainable. They are kept to say they keep bees, but are not productive. I would move your one hive to the clover fields and then look towards building up a yard to greater numbers in the future.
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