Re: walt wright's "nectar management" manuscript
Well Neil it seems your not alone. There are even political arguments on whether climate is changing when you actually witness the change. Any weather forecast is an educated guess using computer software for weather modeling. About all we can do for climate is measure trending. Unfortunately a warm trend here causes a cold trend over there and we don't really know where over there is. You can tell after the fact three weeks before apples bloom but it really is a guess making it three weeks before the bloom.
Originally Posted by NeilV
What would be nice is to have a method based on what you see the hive doing in the spring prior to the swarm without taking the hive apart. Maybe something like honey consumption where tracking weight loss would be a trigger. I don't know.
I don't doubt what Walt sees happening in his hives is happening but up here with temperature swings that we experience in early spring is a crap shoot for checkerboarding. Maybe I don't understand completely his methods.
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