Archive for February, 2011

Bee Biology Video Added


2011
02.17

Recorded at the Williamson County Area Beekeepers Assc.
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Brother Adam’s Quest for Better Bees


2011
02.16

Found a great article about the travels of Brother Adam in his quest.  A pleasant read, and informative about the nature of the German bee vis a vis the Tellian.

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http://apicultura.wikia.com/wiki/In_Search_of_the_Best_Strains_of_Bees

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Predicting Honeyflows and Swarms with Soil moisture maps


2011
02.14

There are good years, and bad years.  Would it be nice to know how this year will be in advance? Well, it is possible.

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There is a great way to see how good your spring crop could be. Because your spring honeyflows are heavily dependent on water. Sometimes beekeepers forget that even though they see flowers blooming, there may not be nectar in the flower.  If the soil is moist, you should have lots of nectar. By the same note, if you have a great honeyflow, you will have lots of swarms in your area.

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To find out how your Spring is doing, go check out how anomalous your soil moisture is on the map.
http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/Soilmst_Monitoring/US/Soilmst/Soilmst.shtml

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Last year, we had our best year in over a decade, in terms of honey and swarms. That was because we had anomalous wet spring weather. In fact, it was so wet, we had the best morel mushroom season in 20 years!

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Primative Honey Hunting Video


2011
02.06

This is the hard way to get your honey. But you have to do, what you have to do.
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