On Tuesday I attended the Delta Bee Club meeting, mostly to hear Dr. Eric Mussen speak. There was also a bee broker who spoke. It seems that bees are long at this time, contracts are being undercut, and quit a few people still had bees to rent. This broker said they had a call Tues from a keeper that lost a 3000 hive contract due to loss of water. Things could get better though as there is, according to this broker, a lot of failing bees.
Just to give you a perspective, there was close to 100 commercial bee keepers there. (Me, being a little guy with 500 hives, and one guy sitting at the table with me has 5,000) There were a lot of people from out of state. By the way, I'm all in....my last load went in last night beating the rain.