Hey 'possum, keep us posted on the cotton thing. I'm interested in all the details.
Checked the hives today that are currently on cotton. The fields are in full bloom now. The oldest hive (package started early May) has filled a deep with brood and almost an entire super with honey. The other hive (package two weeks behind first) has a deep filled out and a partial super with honey. I would guess they will fill out the super entirely before the cotton is over. We will know soon about the pesticides and the bees as the crop duster was rolling yesterday spraying pastures. It was a good ways from the bees, but we will see. We cleaned up some burr comb with honey capped in it and it was pretty tasty. These packages were fed a little when they first started and then pretty much left on their own.