Honey Crop

The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

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).

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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