Honey Crop

Honey Crop

 

the amount of honey produced by a bee colony in one season. Honey crops are classified according to the time of nectar flow: spring nectar flow characterizes various willows, maple, acacia, fruit trees, and berry plants; early summer nectar flow, white clover, meadow grasses, raspberry bushes, buckthorn, sainfoin, and mustard; late summer nectar flow, linden, cypress, buckwheat, sunflower, coriander, cotton, and sweet clover; and autumn nectar flow, heather, late buckwheat plantings, late white clover, and various autumn grasses (such as motherwort, burdock, and hemp nettle).

The honey crop may be at a sustenance level, with the amount of honey produced sufficient only to feed the colony of bees. A productive honey crop is one with enough honey for collection and sale. The honey crop is calculated from the amount of nectar brought into the hives in one day. A good honey crop produced by a bee colony is 100-200 kg per season (record yields are 300 kg and greater).

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He said: "All the young bees ready for the next honey crop in July have been killed.
We weren't sure how the draught would affect this year's honey crop.
It may give you even more optimism of what to do with your honey crop this year besides putting it on fresh homemade bread.
The critical question, as always, is how many will come through the winter with the queens still laying, but hopefully I should end up with enough to produce a decent honey crop.
The main concerns are swarm prevention, supering for honey production, and removing the honey crop.
When fires roared through eastern Ventura County this fall, Red and Ann Bennett watched much of next year's honey crop go up in smoke.
Pollen or pollen substitutes fed in early spring will usually result in a larger population of foraging bees and consequently a larger honey crop.
This year's acacia honey crop is also reported to be good or excellent in other producing countries around the world: from production in Argentina, Mexico and eastern Europe, crops are exceeding earlier expectations in both size and quality.
This year's British honey crop is predicted to be in the order of 3,500 tonnes, up on 2,500 during the previous two years.