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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