I'm just over one year in so I don't know a good flow from a bad flow. Any thoughts on what is happening flow wise in IL?
So it looks like the flow is on. But my bees insist first on filing up the lower two hive bodies and will not touch the super up top. Tried to seed it but they just moved the honey back to the lower boxes. New package; old comb. How many supers are folks up to and when do you reckon the flow started? ...reporting from Sugar Grove, IllinoisLots of stuff blooming right now. Raspberries, wild cherry. We can get a dearth in July if it is hot and dry, but prior to July it is all on. Usually good flows in Fall too.
The key is weather (obviously, sorry). If it is a long dry summer and fall it can be a long dearth, otherwise it seems to be good.
Last year was a super-wet fall, and my bees made no honey at all, it was feeding all fall and winter. If the weather half-way cooperates N. Il is great for bees.
Thank you all for the updates. I have a lot of nectar but no frames capped edge to edge. Some are close, many about 75% capped. If only those hives hadn't swarmed.I am in northern Illinois and everything blooming...I have about 2 supers that are filled with nectar and some are capped or in the process of capping...Even with the lack of rain I expect the flow to go thru July.