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Author Topic: Should beeks in the Northeast expect a heavy fall flow?  (Read 556 times)
House Bee
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« on: August 05, 2009, 10:06:24 AM »

From what I have read most beekeepers are not experiencing large honey crops due to the number of rainy days here in New England.  If the rain slows down should we expect a big fall flow?  I would assume that the plentiful rains would lead to more nectar in the fall provided the weather cooperates. 

What have your experiences been with rainy weather and fall flows? 

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« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2009, 10:13:50 AM »

Anything from this point forward is for my bees. So if you are asking about a "crop", then I would suggest perhaps reconsidering your viewpoint.

I think the bees will need every drop of honey they can pack in from any fall flow. Yes, the moisture will help with nectar and as I already had commented, it seems the early goldenrod is actually producing, which in most years, the early varieties do not. But with the moisture we can probably expect a good fall flow, provided the bees can work and the frost does not come too early.

But expecting a crop. Only for those who want to feed all winter... Wink
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« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2009, 11:47:01 AM »

I am certainly hoping for a heavy flow this late summer and fall, I want for my girls to go into winter with heavy stores, I do not wish to feed them this time around.
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