Re: 2010 honey production
Very slow start this year, but better then last year. Last year we had cool, wet weather till the end of June. This year we hit the dandelion flow and the hives are building up nicely. Strong ones are on their second super...which is a bonus with dandelion honey. Hives were light coming out of Almonds and we had to feed till the flow was strong. High winds have been another problem. We would have done even better but we have been blasted with high winds every day.
Snow is melting quick. Hopefully the rain will cooperate and we will get a solid flow through the summer. The alfalfa is looking great with plenty of moisture in the soil and nice hot temps now. We should get a bloom in about two weeks in the lower areas and work it's way up the altitude. Noticed the sweet clover blooming in the lower areas. Tons of that is showing everywhere so that should add to the mix. Keeping my fingers crossed anyway.
Hives are looking pretty good. The weak ones are either building up and have recovered or have had their lids flipped. I combined a number of them...they just couldn't recover from coming out light from Calf. Better to strengthen others then try and keep these going.
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