Folks that were in the heart of fire areas in BC over the last couple of years had very mixed results. I talked to a few at various BCHPA events. Those that were in close proximity to the fires (ie less than a couple miles) had colonies that needed extensive feeding just to stay alive. Others farther from the fires complained that they had to feed colonies in areas that would normally be producing good honey crops. Yet others reported a modest crop albeit much darker than normal, probably ash content. We did have significant periods of smoke here on the island but it wasn't bad enough to affect our overall honey crop, just a few days of terrible visibility etc.A question for the folks that weathered similar situations last year - any long term (or short term) effects on apiaries from just smoke? Any mediation possible?
The whole concept of raking forests is now a worn out joke the world over that is tired and long past being funny. The sad part is, there are apparently still folks that actually believe such drivel.Well we have 400 million acres of forest up here... has anybody got a spare rake? ��