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About jim

Academically - (Active) Beekeeping Specialist, Alabama Cooperative Extension System, Auburn University and (retired) The Ohio State University Industry Involvement - The Alabama Beekeepers' Association Interests - Honey bee biology, behavior, and management One Tew Bee, LLC

It’s true, I have been quiet

For several months, I have been quiet while spending much of my time learning simple video production procedures. I will use this technology to supplement webinars and other such remote seminar productions. Otherwise, my bees are good (not great) and the season is moving along without surprises.




24 degrees F tonight in NE Ohio.

Most of us who have been enjoying the truly strange early spring knew that a late freeze risk was possible.  The hard freeze (24 degrees in NE Ohio) predicted for tonight will stress or even kill lightly-stored bee colonies.  They have brooded up and will use their remaining stores to produce metabolic heat needed to incubate the brood.  There is not much the beekeeper can do at this point.  At least the cold snap is suppose to only last a single night.   We all hoped this return to winter would not happen.  Alas…

My Maple Mystery Part 2

To date, I am in the minority.  For most of you, Maple is an obvious, viable source of early spring pollen.  I certainly don’t doubt your observations.  On my 4 medium-sized Maples, with binoculars, for about 5 observations on 4 different days, I could see may be 10-15 bees per observation.  No clouds of bees.  No hum of bees.  Just the occasional forager.  Certainly, these casual observations are not science.  There are far too many variables not considered.  In Ohio, beekeepers have the same issue with soybeans.  Rarely, rarely a surplus honey crop from soybean – yet in other states, beekeepers routinely get major crops.   I will be watching my maples again next year.