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March 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

Cold, cold, cold. Winter has been right average for you guys, hasn’t it? You may have been or are experiencing a few days of warmer weather, but it looks like March is going to stay fairly average when it comes to temperatures. Days when the daytime temperatures get above 50 degrees (and there is no snow on the ground) it might be beneficial to check your colonies food stores and provide food if needed. Otherwise…you’re not out of the woods yet.

South East

Mother Nature is getting a little ahead of herself here. We have been running a good 10-20 degrees above normal lately for many weeks and that has convince several plants that is spring and time to bloom (anybody with allergies can attest to that). Don’t let this early burst of spring loosen your guard. Temperatures are eventually supposed to start spending more time hovering around average temperatures for this time of year including some night close to the freezing mark (here in NC they are calling for potential Freeze later this week). Freezing temperatures can disrupt and potentially damage the natural resources blooming now. You will still want to make sure that you can provide your hives with enough feed to sustain themselves. With warm daytime temperatures, you can start feeding your hives pollen patties or sugar syrup with additional nutritional supplements like Honey B Healthy or Vitamin B Healthy. A little extra nutrition is never a bad idea.

North West

The wet cool winter is still upon you. It looks like many locations around the Northwest are not expected to get into workable temperature range anytime soon. Until things start to dry out and warm up, I’m afraid we’re still in a waiting game. We mentioned last month that moisture can have an impact on hive equipment and your colony. Be observant and look to replace any moisture barrier you may have in your hive. If you find any sign of warpage, molding, or rotting of your equipment, you will want to have a fresh replacement come spring to keep the hive durable (but, again, you do not want to touch your hive until it is warm and dry enough).

South West

Some of you have experienced more than your fair share of rainfall, particularly in central California. With as much rain as you have received over the past couple weeks, right now your only concern should be that you, the beekeeper, are safe. Despite all that rainfall, temperatures look like they are starting to warm up for a good majority of the region. With daytime temperatures starting to rise above 55 degrees, your hives will start to get more active. When it is safe on a warm day, do a quick inspection to make sure that your hives are not in need of any additional resources. If you colony starts to look a little weak, you can also include additional nutrition in with their feed for an additional boost.