I'm pondering a few strategic maneuvers for the next 4-6 weeks and wanted to get some feedback. I'm in Northfield and the summer flow hasn't started, and I'm not sure it even will due to such dry conditions. That in mind, I'd like to do two things before the more reliable fall goldenrod flow:
1. Create nucs for overwintering
2. Apply a mite treatment
Nuc timing is more flexible, I just need to decide between early July (now!) and early August.
Mite treatment is more of a question mark for me depending on the type of treatment. I was planning on using Apivar, but the 42 day + 2 week lag window for setting honey supers is kind of long if we anticipate the fall flow starting in mid/late August.
I could run Formic Pro anytime in July and be ready for the fall flow, and squeeze in the splits for overwintering nucs.
Just trying to get the strategy and timing to work properly according to the anticipated seasonal shifts in nectar and brood rearing weather. Looking forward to hearing other people's thoughts on the timing of these activities.
Thanks! Fingers crossed for some rain!