Brrrrrrrr! In last month's message I wrote that winter was finally here and then within days the weather turned sunny and warm. It's different now with the low temperatures of the past week and many more cold days and nights in the forecast. I'm sure the warm weeks we've had helped kick start the almond bloom but the growers must be concerned with the cold days and nights we're having now. At least the ground in the orchards was dry and firm for the beekeepers dropping off their colonies. Any rain I've seen in the forecast has dried up to almost nothing by the time it gets here and it sure seems to me that we are back in a drought pattern. We are going to need some good spring rains to get enough moisture in the ground for a decent honey crop this year. As always through the winter months we need to continue to monitor the weight of our colonies and feed if needed. With few days in the next couple of weeks forecast to be above the mid 40's our bees are not going to have a lot of flight time. With those temperatures they may not even take the sugar water if we have to feed. you don't have to know everything about bees just the basics. I would encourage anyone to give it a try!
Jerry Van Heeringen