Re: Cold summer
March 15-April 15 was great here, bees built up fast. Then it turned cool, with a lot of rain. Still by the end of may I was surprised at the amount of honey they'd put up. But the last 3 weeks, when they shoulda been really hammering the supers, we received washout rain almost every 3 days, with a few cool snaps mixed in. Many supers are back to empty. Part of me wishes I'd pulled supers June 1 and bought a bunch of sugar. But I really hate feeding.
Last year this time we had been flirting with 100 degrees and little rain for the last 60 days. I'd pulled a sub-par drought stricken spring crop and moved my bees to my soybean fields, where they did well. This year my beans are not big enough to start blooming yet, and many of my neighbors haven't been able to get theirs planted. Late planted beans usually get heavy pressure from pod worms, so might be a risk of getting sprayed there this year.
Hindsight is 20/10, not 20/20...
After the fact, I always know what didn't work.