We had some decent weather this afternoon. I left the warehouse and hit one of the bee yards.
I suited up, no smoker needed today the girls were busy and did not pay any attention to me. They were on a flow. Goldenrod bloomed a few weeks early this year. The girls were on it. Pollen baskets were bright yellow and coming in full.
This yard had about 22 colonies. 18 of them are going to need a third super this weekend. This particular yard to close to a few large pastures that have not been mowed for a few years. Lots of blooms going on in out there. Looks like a rainbow when the wind blows.
The honey in this yard is darker than it was last year, but never the less, the girls are packing in surplus honey.
I hope the rest of the yards are doing this well.
Most the local keepers I have been talking with are predicting a short crop because of the weather and the early blooms. One of my commercial customers says he has half the crop he had this time last year. I hope it gets better for him and his bees.
I will be checking the rest of the bee yards this weekend and on Monday.
Have a great evening and I hope your season is going well.
“New England Farms Beekeeping and Apiary Management Winter Seminar and Training Series presents Lunch with Ross Conrad”
Ross Conrad, author and beekeeper will discuss CCD and Organic Solutions in the AM session, in the afternoon session, Ross will present Apitherapy, the products from the hive for healing and health.
Ross will also be available discuss his book, Natural Beekeeping. Copies will be available for purchase and there will be a time set aside for signing.
January 30, 2010 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
10:00 AM CCD & Organic Solutions
12:00 noon Buffet Lunch with Ross
1:00 PM Apitherapy, Products from the Hive for Healing & Health
$25.00 per person, includes lunch and breaks, door prizes, a portion from each participant fee will be donated to the Vermont Beekeepers Association for the New Beekeepers Scholarships. Reservations are requested. Participants will also receive discounts from the sponsor on the day of the event. Seminar sponsor and location is New England Farms, 31 Main Street, Granville New York 12832. 518-642-3270 email firstname.lastname@example.org. See www.newenglandfarms.com for directions, reservations and discount information.