Can prairies help beehives keep the weight on?

June 16, 2017

Honey bee hives in Iowa start losing weight around the same time every August. The weight reduction coincides with the point in time that most crops and clover in Iowa stop flowering, cutting off forage sources bees need to produce honey. That’s a problem because, as the hives get lighter and the honey scarcer, the likelihood increases that the hive won’t survive the winter, said Matthew O’Neal, an associate professor of entomology at Iowa State University.  

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