Hi All, third year beekeeper here in the Hudson Valley of NY. Let me get this out of the way... I know that all beekeeping is local and that generalizations are very hard to make. So, now I'm going to ask for generalizations
One of the toughest parts of beekeeping seems to be anticipating what next week will bring and being ahead of the curve. I'm trying to really understand my local nectar flow and get ahead of what my bees need. I'm in the mid-Hudson Valley of NY (Columbia County) and am wondering if anyone can help me understand what the nectar flow has been like this spring (again knowing it could be different 5 miles from my house!) I certainly know how my hives have done, but still don't feel I have enough experience to really know how this spring has stacked up to other springs. Is the flow just about over? What was particularly good? With the flow over or ending, but some hives still seeming to be threatening to swarm, what is to be done? Is it smart to continue to give them room? I know robbing becomes a concern when the flow ends.
Again, I realize that these are very broad questions, but appreciate hearing anyone who would like to muse on the subject of late spring management. I'm guessing I'll pull the honey supers in the first part of July and do mite checks and treatments then... but would like to understand this spring's flow as best I can so that I continue to build my knowledge base. I've been watching the weight of my hive using a broodminder scale, which has been a great tool for a fairly new beekeeper (HUGE FAN!) I certainly can see that they have been putting on weight both by opening the hive and reading the scale, but again, in the spirit of anticipation, would love to hear other's thoughts. Here's the terrific info my scale has provided:
Thank you all so much!