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June Beekeeping Forecast

The Beekeeping Forecast Blog was designed to better help beekeepers understand the current beekeeping season and what might be important to consider in your region. All information given below comes from observation of current environmental weather patterns and traditional responses to this particular season. Conditions can vary widely from region to region. This is meant to be purely informative, not an actual set guideline. For a better understanding of beekeeping in your area, reach out to one of your local Beekeeping Associations or clubs.

North East

The warmer weather is starting to head your way as well. The hottest weather of the season so far is schedule to spread even into the New England area. While temperatures may stabilize to average in the far northern states later in the month, most locations are expected to see above average temperatures for most of the month. For most locations they are also forecasting for a wet second half of the month so you may want to take advantage of the next week or so and make sure your hives are in tip top shape.

Provide plenty of ventilation as the weather heats up, especially if the bees are crowding outside the hive to help maintain internal temperatures. If their honey stores or honey flow don’t look as strong before an extended period of rain hits, you will want to mix up some sugar syrup and have it for feed when your bees can’t forage or just need additional resources in general. Hive looking a little weak? You can help make it stronger by including some additional nutrition with your sugar syrup.

South East

Word on the street is summer is coming and it’s going to stay for a while now! Temperatures are forecasted to rise close to summer levels in the coming weeks. As the temperatures begin to rise you most definitely will want to keep an eye out on your hives food supply and air flow. Warmer weather may be pleasant for humans, but if combined with minimal rainfall, could affect the nectar flow and cause a dearth.

It is recommended to try and keep ventilation year round, but a good way to know if your hive needs more is if you find your bees bearding, or clumping together outside the hive to help cool down the interior. You can easily provide needed ventilation with simple tools like the Ventilated Inner Cover, Slatted Racks, or IPM Bottom Boards. Already have a IPM Bottom Board on your hive? It's always a good time to run a quick mite check.

North West

It looks like you all might have a warmer than average month of June, if not just as wet. While the warmer temperatures will definitely make it easier to inspect and take care of your hive, the rain…not so much. Word has it that the blackberry honey flow is active in the NW Oregon area, so you’re not in a total washout. Still if your area is forecasted to have multiple days of rainfall, it is beneficial to have additional feed and a feeder ready if your bees are not able to forage.

South West

Hot, hot, hot! Looking over the extended forecast, there was a lot of 100+ degree pink shown. During sunny hot days, the best thing you can do for your hive is make sure they have plenty of air flow and feed to keep them cool. Making sure they have a nearby water source can help them to maintain their temperatures. You can include ventilated inner covers or screened bottom boards, but the bees are the only thing that can actively maintain proper internal temperatures. You can also help by keeping the hive under shade during the hot sun and face the entrance away fromthe evening sun.