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  Friday, 26 July 2013
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Me bees are bringing in some really heavy pollen loads (tan in color) never seen that much...to the point were if they miss the landing board they have a hard time climbing and flying out of the grass. I know the basswood trees are done and not much corn around.

Any ideas?
8 years ago
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#729
Yes I've seen this thanks James!
8 years ago
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#728
One of my favorite pages on wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pollen_source

Probably not comprehensive or specific to Vermont, but it might provide an idea that's escaped us.
8 years ago
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#727
From the sample I picked from the farmers field and from what I have been able to identify via the Internet, both picts are buckwheat
The field was definitely planted with this plant and was not a wildflower

From Wikipedia...
Buckwheat (Fagopyrum esculentum) is a plant cultivated for its grain-like seeds, and also used as a cover crop.

The farm is in current transition from one farmer to another and my guess is the new operation is looking to build back the soils using buckwheat as a green fertilizer.

The image you posted is is yarrow

http://wildeherb.com/2010/06/08/native-yarrow-patch-yields-bountiful-flowers/

Leaves are definitely different and lack the red stem as well.
8 years ago
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#726
Lindsey -

Is that first picture milfoil? (See attached pic) I've got quite a bit of that on my property and the bees are really going at it. Here's a good link with Vermont wildflowers for reference: http://uswildflowers.com/wfquery.php?State=VT
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8 years ago
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#725
See Picts...
8 years ago
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#724
Dave this is what is growing in the fields at the farm I mentioned.
8 years ago
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#723
Scott,
yes the brood boxes are as you described the top deep is mostly honey and pollen mixed...the super is plastic foundation.
8 years ago
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#722
Lindsay
I've been wondering the same thing... This pollen in off white / tan in color.
I've also been watching the 4:00 - 4:30 rush hour with the girls coming back to the hive at that time of evening.
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8 years ago
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#721
Hi Lindsay,

At this point the bees are somewhat on autopilot. There is not much management needed especially into the brood boxes. The pollen collection is always curious which is why I was wondering about the brood status and pollen stores. Do you have one deep with brood and one deep with mostly honey...and they are ignoring the super? Is the super drawn comb or foundation?
8 years ago
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#720
At the suggestion of Jeff Allen...I'm not digging in to the brood chambers for a while. The last time I checked 2 weeks ago was when they pretty much had 8 of the ten frames in the 2nd bb full of pollen and honey. there are workers all over the med super I added but not really touching it.

Wonder if the will fill it with golden rod
8 years ago
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#719
How is the brood rearing going?
What is the pollen load like in the hives?
Scott
8 years ago
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#718
There is a farm 1.7 miles away and in the direction the bees are headed that have acres of buckwheat growing.
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