Beekeeping Operations

Beekeeping Operations

Posted by Lyle Konner on

Bees provide many different benefits to the individuals who choose to embark on a journey as a beekeeper. These include assisting in pollination, particularly for area fruit growers, and also to be able to explore the creation of specialty honey. A lot of people have a fear of bees. However, if you research the undertaking and gain an understanding of bees, the colony structure and methods of maintaining hives, there are a lot of benefits to the beekeeping life.

berriesBlueberries, raspberries and cranberries benefit greatly from pollination from beekeeping organizations. Fruit worth millions can be produced when successful pollination occurs. This means good things for the beekeepers and the fruit growers alike.

Meanwhile, a beekeeper can extract honey from certain nectar sources and have a honey that varies in color, texture, flavour and even have a varied scent from other types of honey. This allows for some special honey to be collected and sold, when bees pollinate specific fruits or flowers and return with that to the hive for honey manufacturing.

Beekeeping season typically begins in February. At this point, colonies are checked for weakness and to make sure there is a queen and healthy colony of worker bees. After this task is completed, bees are fed if necessary.

The pollination typically occurs in April for fruits like blueberries. As summer progresses, the bees are used to pollinate cranberries and raspberries, clover, alfalfa and wildflowers, among many other plants. Each of these nectar sources provides different honey if the source is collected separately.

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