Odd Year For Beekeeping.

This year has not been a very good year for beekeeping. The Spring was very wet and bees did not have much time for foraging during spring bloom. Soybeans and Corn crops did not get planted until late in the season. Summer was hot and dry for a very long time. When the field of wildflowers was just about to bloom, a heavy storm with hail up to 2 inches wide flattened the field. The field of wildflowers did return, but almost a month later than the year before.

I experienced my first wax moth damage to hives in Findlay. Small hive beetles have been seen in both Findlay and Ada. Small Hive Beetle traps will be installed as soon as they arrive.

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