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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BEEKEEPERS have raised concerns over the future of honey bees as an annual survey showed a "steady decline" in the honey crop.
BEEKEEPERS have raised concerns over the future of honeybees as an annual survey showed a "steady decline" in the honey crop.
In nature, it is impossible to ensure that the entire nectar yield totally is converted to the honey crop because the possible fates of nectar are manifold: 1) some nectar is taken and stored by honeybees and may be harvested by humans for the honey crop; 2) some nectar is consumed by honeybees or given to their larvae; 3) some nectar is taken by insects or animals other than honeybees; 4) some nectar is reabsorbed by the FH itself; and 5) some nectar remains in the FH until it wilts and falls off.
But for this year's honey crop season at Skanska, the climate has had a negative impact on our bee populations and their communities.
The honey crop can fluctuate quite widely from one year to the next and, in the main, it's all down to the weather," he said.
Mr Reeves said: "The honey crop can fluctuate quite widely from one year to the next and, in the main, it's all down to the weather.
She added: "There was under a third of the normal spring blossom honey crop and the long wet summer has meant colonies failed to build up for the heather honey.
These are the bees that are going to make your honey crop, pollinate your garden or your fruit trees.
Our honey crop is severely impacted by the drought, and it does impact our bottom line as a business,'' said Gene Brandi, a beekeeper in Los Banos, a farming town in California's Central Valley.
Americans consume about 400 million pounds of honey each year, and the 2012 honey crop was worth more than $289 million.
Swarming is brought up again later in the book, emphasizing that it is a strong natural drive that must be suppressed through management to obtain a good honey crop.