It’s been a hard autumn this year. A long, but not particularly difficult recovery from back surgery last fall kept me at mostly three quarters speed during spring and summer, which isn’t a bad thing…when you get tired nobody complains when you want to sit and have a cool one for a bit. They take [...]
I got to go to the HAS (Heartland Apicultural Society) meeting this past weekend in TN. Like all meetings headed up strictly by volunteers there were some logistical bumps with directions, signs, AV technology…but nothing so serious that smart beekeepers couldn’t figure out. And the over 400 attendees hardly noticed.
The strength of this HAS [...]
It’s no secret. A million, maybe more colonies that were alive last Thanksgiving aren’t alive today, the beginning of May. What happened? Lots of things, actually, but mostly, from those I talk to and what I know and what I’ve seen it was this.
Early brood rearing due to an easy winter and [...]
I’ve mentioned that almonds are one of California’s biggest crops. Just so you know, here’s some more info that supports the fact that the beekeeping industry should be paying more attention to this tree.
Last year there were 740,000 bearing acres of almonds, but more importantly, there were 85,000 acres of non-bearing acres. That [...]
November…Early this month in Florida it was 80 degrees, sunny and honey bees were gathering pollen in the wild parts, and honey in the orange groves. Ohio’s not Florida, but this year it’s not too bad … in fact it’s been uncommonly warm most days…warmer than the last few years as I recall…but then, we [...]
I just attended the 99th Annual meeting of the Iowa Honey Producer’s Association. They meet in Marshaltown every year at a motel large enough to handle the 150+ people attending. The Association has about 400 members state wide so 40% of their members attending was outstanding.
Though not nearly as contentious, dramatic, or as well [...]
Have you noticed the goldenrod bloom this season? With the exception of the extremely dry areas of the south, there seems to be much, much more of this wonderful, productive, attractive bloom than usual.
Maybe it’s just me…and that could be…but I tend to travel quite a bit this time of year to beekeeper meetings [...]
When I arrived here a quarter century ago I wanted to initiate a regular column in the magazine where almost anything goes, but mostly having to do with bees and beekeeping. It should, I thought, deal with the industry we are all a part of like it or not, the people who are the movers [...]
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