Last night at the SA Bee Society the discussion was about what an awful spring it has been. very few people are seeing any honey, many are removing their empty supers and colonies are stressed, low on honey and many have chalkbrood. Also the swarm season was noted to be low on swarms. It has been suggested that beekeepers may need to consider feeding hives sugar to help them along.
the reasons are a very dry winter- and then spring rains that were not deep enough- or coincided with winds that blew away the moisture.
It’s not all doom and gloom: my Mum’s hive in semaphore is going nicely and we’ve already made a few harvests with more on the horizon. But my own hives at various locations are just struggling along with little excess honey.
hopefully the summer and autumn will be better.
Any SA beekeepers on the forum having a good/bad season they can report on? Curious to hear what others think.