Utah beekeepers stung by drought

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  • Evets Eagle Mountain, UT
    Sept. 12, 2012 11:32 a.m.

    I keep about 30 hives. Only about 6 of the 30 will yield honey and that will be about 1/2 the usual from those hives. The rest of the hives don't have enough to get them through the winter. We will be feeding large amounts of sugar syrup and protein patties to HOPEFULLY get them through. This is very expensive and anyway you figure it it will result in a net loss. I have warned my few customers that it will be tight this year. I will also have to curtail the amount I give away to family, friends, and the needy which is usually half my crop. I help new beekeepers and they are discouraged as this is the only year they have ever experienced beekeeping.

  • Idahoan138 Pocatello, ID
    Sept. 11, 2012 11:35 p.m.

    To the Deseret News Staff: It might be a very interesting article to investigate how the Africanized bees (which have been causing problems in the US honey industry) handle these tough conditions. Do they weather through or tend to die off? Just food for thought.