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.
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.