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  1. #21
    Join Date
    Feb 2014
    Location
    Ottawa, ON
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    Default Re: honey production this year

    I'm in eastern Ontario like the OP. My crop was down about 10% (about 110 lbs per production hive) from previous year which was a good year for me. I pull honey 3 times, July, Aug, sept and was worried because of the cool wet weather mid spring. The challenge with this years wet weather was controlling swarming. If you didn't you lost crop. The weather locked in the bees for several days just as they reached peak populations stimulating swarming. I had 3 of 10 production hives swarm. I split up 2 before they got away and made up 9 nucs with the queen cells from the 3 swarm hives. I promoted 2 of my overwintered nucs to production hives.

    The saturated ground gave a boost to mid and late summer wild flowers. In my area this made up for the slow start in gathering honey.

    Regards Peter
    Ottawa. ON

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  3. #22
    Join Date
    Jan 2014
    Location
    Randolph county,WV,USA
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    50

    Default Re: honey production this year

    Quote Originally Posted by gww View Post
    R........
    That is a lot of splitting.
    Cheers
    gww
    OTS

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