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Author Topic: Alfalfa and Other Questions  (Read 1670 times)
Butterchurn
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« on: April 06, 2005, 09:01:46 AM »

I just had someone respond to a flyer I placed in a grocery store in my quest to find a good place to start an apiary.

The person said they have an alfalfa field next to them and the neighbor across the road plants 3 acres of wildflowers. The landowner themselves have a large planting of asters as well.

In Minnesota does alfalfa make a good honey plant?

The farmer 1/4 mile away has 5 bee hives. Would setting up my hives at this location cause any problems or would I see a smaller crop from too much bee pressure on the available forage?

Would you consider this location?

Thanks.

Ron
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« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2005, 02:04:03 PM »

I have read that alfa alfa gives a good honey yield, but it will ruin the colony. Alfa alfa pollen is lack of some aminoacids and bees cannot feed larvas with it.
 
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