Re: Economists Take on CCD
Saturation of bee forage generally occurs at about 40 to 50 colonies in a single location. I've read some old records from the 1890's where people bragged about making 120 pounds from a single colony. I also have family recall (i.e. my grandfather told me of helping rob his grandfather's bees in the 1920's) of getting 2 or 3 quarts of honey per hive when they were in crossbar boxes.
Our records show that 2 yards of 50 hives made twice that of 1 yard of 100 hives.
NW Alabama, 47 years, 22 colonies and growing, sideliner, treatment free since 2005, 14 frame square Dadant broodnest