Here's Johnny Bee Good in a beeyard near Hastings Ontario in August 2011 making ready with his hive tool to remove the queen excluder, which is a metal screen that restricts the queen to the brood chambers below. This keeps eggs out of the honey supers above - you can see the super has been removed and now sits upright beside Johnny. I wrote about the 2011 honey harvest was near crop failure, on Son of a Beekeeper , my Tumblr blog.
After spending time with another local beekeeper and helping harvest his annual summer honey crop this son of a beekeeper has become even more acutely aware of the various honey regions that are waiting to be discovered by North American kitchens , across the province of Ontario.
One such naturally occurring region is the wild buckwheat fields in northeastern Ontario, above hwy 7 on…Continue
Posted on September 1, 2012 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment
Talk about 'making hay while the sun shines'. Here's a short video I shot on Saturday June 16th 2012 of my nephew Ryan baling hay with his New Holland 658 hay baler. The grass feed is a mixture of alfalfa, red clover and timothy and as such will make excellent feed for the growing numbers of cows on their feedlots.
I can remember harvesting the hay in this field in the 1970s and 80s - we used to walk behind the tractor and wagon and pitch 80 lbs bales onto the wagon…Continue
Posted on June 17, 2012 at 9:36am
Some black bears did launch an attack on of our remote beeyards last week!
This is what bear damage looks like, and it could have been a lot worse. The total loss was only four frames of brood. And that's because this beeyard, like all of our locations in southern Ontario, is protected by a heavy duty solar fencer.
Its unlikely the hive blew over in the wind - in the…Continue
Posted on May 13, 2012 at 8:49pm — 1 Comment
Hello from Rob Campbell the original Son of a Beekeeper in Ontario Canada.
I hope to keep a blog presence here on the Ontario Agricultural network to keep readers updated on the latest challenges facing Canadian beekeepers. Because I have the good fortune of living near and helping out my family's…Continue
Posted on April 15, 2012 at 11:50am — 1 Comment