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My understanding about Maryland is that nectar flows occur mostly in April and May and are "done by June 10th." Does anyone know what the effect of so much rain/precipitation all year will have on the nectar flow? Can we expect an unusually long and extended flow this year? If so, will the extended period of flow likely be a trickle compared to that of April and May?

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The wet season will have an impact. The main honey/pollen flow from dandelion, locust, etc, are over. The clover is just now out. Were probably 2 weeks behind normal time schedule.
What will make a big difference is that this year we may not experience a long dearth this year. It can sometimes last the better parts of July and August. Some weeds like dandelions and clover will actually flower most of the summer if temps and precipitation is sufficient. It may not be a main flow in the sense that excess honey will be stored but if the bees do not have to use alot of the stored honey through the summer months, a good fall honey flow can mean a nice second harvest come Sept/Oct.

[This message has been edited by BjornBee (edited June 07, 2003).]
 

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Alot of early season rain will help the late blooming plants to grow bigger and have larger flowers so this could mean a strong late season flow about the time you need to treat the hives for mites.
 
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