All information that I am referring to can be found here: http://www.mdasplitter.com/
(for those who haven't read it yet, like myself, until a few weeks ago).
So, I know this isn't a new topic, or a new technique. But the more I read about it, the more it seems like he shouldn't be able to provide such rapid growth. From one hive to sixteen in one summer. It appears that something isn't being accounted for, but I don't have any experience with it, so I don't know what's missing.
Does anyone have any experience with this technique?
My concern isn't so much with "outbreeding mites," I'm fortunate enough that I don't really need to worry too much about mites (through genetic selection, of which this author discards as impossible). My concern is more with growth. I have never been able to produce nucs this fast. It would be a good year for me to split a hive three ways and have all three hives make it through the winter. But then again I'm not very good at swarm management, so the problem is likely with me.
If anyone has experience with this, I am also interested in the potential it has for the south and warmer climates. The author seems to revolve around colder temperatures (where he is located). I would imagine that changing it for the south would be easier, as you don't need as much stores, and you can split them earlier.