So I wanted to get a good chance to ask people about bee yard sites. (Especially for those of us who have a low budget getting into this.)
What are the chances that a hive could do well and be successful if there aren't farmers (& their pastures) nearby? If you don't have pastures immediately nearby are your hives doomed to fail? Or will the honey production just drop? (I would guess this could affect overwintering if the nectar flow is lower too?)
What do you think?
It seems like most of us, you know we're trying to get by with what we have. So moving our house and where we live just for bees isn't realistic. It also seems like as things get more urban a lot of farmers are moving away from high cost land areas.
For an example; (maybe you might be interested in this kind of stuff) in my granddad's days Utah County in Utah had over 35 dairies around the whole county. (This was before commercialization and after WW2, mostly family dairies also.) Then in my dad's days it went down a lot. And finally my era there's maybe 3 in the whole county left, and some are commercial and some aren't. But the ones that have survived about 5 years ago started to go south (or far north) because the land costs just made it impossible to stay and survive.
So this means that basically not just the dairy people but lots of people in the area were moving their pastures southward, as their pastures were taken over by development over a period of time. (About five years ago, it became very unlikely to find any large farms around here at all left over, or pasture, etc (I suppose you can count some small time family backyard hobbies as farms?) (that would produce nectar possibly.) But when I was growing up everything was hay fields, and cattle pastures all over the place. (Utah does still do a lot of 'dry farming', and historically is a 'dry farming' area for many areas but not all. Not sure if this helps but I thought giving some background might be better sharing, and to also get feedback from others.)
I'm guessing this may have affected other beekkeepers too and curious about that too (if you want to go that far.)
It seems like there's a few people that do bees in cities to. But not sure how well they do in comparison. And maybe not that many have also experienced the comparison of trying to raise bees in both rural and city types of lifestyles? Who knows?
But it would be neat to try to figure out how they compare and learn from it. And you can see why my little spill relates to the topic, I hope.