Re: Upstate New York pollen coming in??????
Originally Posted by Cloverdale
Potential for an elm comeback?
Thanks to the plant cloning work of tree geneticist, Alden Townsend, the prognosis for Ulmus americana is now good. In the late 1990s, approximately 25 years of work with U. americana came to fruition when the announcement was made that Townsend had succeeded with two new strains: American elm tree clones resistant to Dutch elm disease became a reality.
Named U. americana "Valley Forge" and U. americana "New Harmony," Townsend's clones are now on the market. The plant cloning work of tree geneticists continues in hopes of developing new American elms that will be even more resistant to Dutch elm disease.
Bees here have stopped the dry pollen sub but are still doing a number on the Ultrabee patties in the hives. The 1# patties I put in the hives on March 1st were all but gone yesterday when I checked. And there is no shortage of fresh pollen coming in. Saw a lot of comb packed with pollen (and brood!)
Thankfully, the bees are smarter than I am. They are doing well, in spite of my efforts to help them.