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greenbtree
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« on: April 11, 2012, 08:43:02 AM »

Any data on what a hard freeze does to nectar flows in the Spring?  Can we expect a dip in nectar flows at this point?  Would it be severe enough that we should put syrup on?

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« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2012, 10:15:59 AM »

It will just take out a little of the blooms, the ones that get bite are about to open up.  It should not slow them down that much.  I am more worried about the garden.   Everything is up now except for the okra.    My tomatoes have little ones now.   Frost is my worry.   Bees will be fine.

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« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2012, 11:19:55 AM »

Our nectar flow in this part of Virginia does not normally start until about June 1 or very late May. This year all bets are off. The frost has done very little damage to the fruit trees as the weather needs to be below freezing for about 4-6 hours. The flowering trees have already opened so little damage there except for this unusually high winds we are having now. The bees should just honker down in either case. -Mike
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« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2012, 07:32:29 PM »

Don't know about Iowa. Michigan took a hit.
Highs in the 50's today. Snow, freezing temps yesterday, Freeze warning tonight.
I have heard of 50 - 70% loss of the tart cherry crop, with some areas forecasting a 90% loss. The Choke Cherry trees are at about 50% bloom, but it really isn't warm enough for the bees to forage much. The few apple trees I checked had about 1/4 of the buds turning brown. I think the maples were all done in March.

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« Reply #4 on: April 11, 2012, 09:32:07 PM »

It was down to 24 here last night for at least 3 - 4 hours.  With wind.  I wrapped my best 5 pie cherry trees in sheets tied with twine.  (They look like giant lollypops grin)  Don't know if it helped, figured it couldn't hurt.  Otherwise, I saw less damage than I expected.  Some more sensitive plants like the elderberry might have to start over, but many others seem relatively unaffected.

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