islandjim1 at comcast.net
Wed May 28 18:49:52 EDT 2008
On May 28, 2008, at 3:35 PM, <dmnorton at royaloakfarmorchard.com> <dmnorton at royaloakfarmorchard.com
> Our honeybees were a bit slow at the beginning of bloom, but we are
> now at
> fruit set and we are going to have to agressively thin this season.
> We seem
> to have more fruit set that ever! The bees came through and did the
> job and
> were joined by the bumblebees. We too had more bumblebees than we
> have ever
> Dennis Norton
> Royal Oak Farm Orchard, Zone 5
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Jim Fruth" <jfruth at tds.net>
> To: "NAFEX" <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
> Sent: Wednesday, May 28, 2008 7:10 AM
> Subject: [NAFEX] Honeybees
>> Here in North Central Minnesota, the Yellow Jacket population is
>> down. I haven't seen any Bald Faced Hornets and there are more
>> than ever. They all seem to prefer Gooseberry flowers but there
>> are also
>> adequate pollinators in the pears and currants.
>> I have my own honeybees and most of them are foraging elsewhere but
>> some do compete with the wild bees. Curiously, my honeybees tend to
>> ignore plum flowers until after the wild bees forage on them for a
>> days. I suspect that the plum flowers don't produce nectar until
>> late in
>> their bloom. My own honeybees are the most help when the raspberries
>> bloom as there is a thousand times too many flowers for just the
>> wild bees
>> to perform the task.
>> My apples are in the pink bud stage.
>> Jim Fruth
>> Brambleberry Farm
>> Pequot Lakes, MN 56472
>> For jams, jellies & syrups:
>> (877)265-6856 [Store]
>> (218)831-7018 [My Cell]
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