I am sure you have seen the Australian, Fat bee skinny bee manual. Her is a link in case you have not. It gives a breakdown of different (Australian) pollens their Protein, Fat and Amino acids. In fact 150 pages on feeding bees in general.
The reason I was asking about corn is that some our research is showing if your bees are on corn and they are putting corn pollen away, this is the a large red flag you may have a problem. I dont know it all for sure, just sharing what we have came up with so far. Hoping to get more impute on this.
I personally wish I could do a better job distinguish between all the pollens, not sure it is going to ever happen. But if I can always tell if it was corn, I feel like this would give me a heads up to do something different.
This year I happened to set a yard in the middle of a corn planting, half mile to a mile flight over corn in every direction.
I had flowering crops out side that corn planting. I never seen the bees in the corn and that yard looked in great shape going into winter.
I wish there was more cause and effect to the claims made against me nieonic corn plantings. I have not seen any over the last few years
Honey Hive Farms, what I think you need to do is find out the bees nutritional dietary needs, and match that to the pollen coming in. Flower pollen nutritional data is documented. Then make up the dietary deficiency with supplements. Sounds easier to say than to do.
When my bees are feasting on weeks of solely Dandilion flowers in the spring, what should I be doing to fill that dietary deficiency ? Most of the time I then assume stored willow and wild flower pollen fills that dietary void.
But more and more natural bush, wet lands and wild prairie is being lost, and all that diversity with it.
I'm going to have to pay more attention to the bees dietary needs as natural forage is lost
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