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« on: July 06, 2012, 10:03:22 PM »

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I have moved my bees to an area where there is alot of irrigated cotton.  I hear they should produce a decent honey crop from this, but my question is should I or do I need to provide them with some pollen sub?  I have done some pokeing around on-line and have not found any thing about the cotton plants producing pollen. 
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« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2012, 10:19:36 PM »

They will do fine.    Don't worry about it.   And you will get lots of white honey from it.   
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« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2012, 02:01:27 AM »

Fluffy white honey?
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« Reply #3 on: July 07, 2012, 03:18:40 AM »

Fluffy white honey?
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« Reply #4 on: July 07, 2012, 04:10:04 AM »

I hear they cotton produce a lot of honey dew is this T or F I do not know  huh


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« Reply #5 on: July 07, 2012, 11:49:21 AM »

I was told they do produce excess "nectar" through a gland on the leafs.  I did look at the plants while I was there, they are not blooming yet but you can clearly see the gland on the undersides of the leafs.  My main question was if I should give the girls some pollen sub as I am not sure if cotton plants would produce enough for them to keep building up.
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« Reply #6 on: July 07, 2012, 12:04:35 PM »

I was told they do produce excess "nectar" through a gland on the leafs.  I did look at the plants while I was there, they are not blooming yet but you can clearly see the gland on the undersides of the leafs.  My main question was if I should give the girls some pollen sub as I am not sure if cotton plants would produce enough for them to keep building up.


Honeybees are pretty resourceful creatures, they will find the pollen they need, IMHO.  Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: July 07, 2012, 04:06:46 PM »

Bud's bees in Macon, Ms do quite well on cotton and I rather like the taste of it. I will tell you though cotton honey is not for everyone. Its the kind of thing you love or hate. I would assume your colonies should be able to find enough pollen in the area as bees always seem to be able to find pollen. Always being able to find enough nectar is always a challenge for them.


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« Reply #8 on: July 07, 2012, 04:14:14 PM »

I understand how resourceful bees can be. The reason for my concern is that they are in west Texas. There seems to be nothing out there other than the cotton that they are farming. They are irrigating it, te places that are not being irrigated seem pretty barren. Lots of red dirt, sand, and rocks showing out there
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« Reply #9 on: July 07, 2012, 06:09:16 PM »

no problem; just tell the farmer to spray late if possible, and he will have to spray.  no problem with pollen there is plenty there . i tried to return yo email, but dont guess i suceeed  try a pm if you got mo questions and willl send no.
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« Reply #10 on: July 07, 2012, 07:14:38 PM »

Thanks bud. Supposedly they are not going to be spraying because of the boweivle eradication project.
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