Archive for July, 2012

Imperial Whitetail Clover Spring Re-Growth

Posted on July 27, 2012 by Leave a comment

 This is Imperial Whitetail Clover re-growing in March in western NY State. Notice the stub of a dead rape plant that was eaten to the ground over the winter. This planting turned into a beautiful thick lush mat of clover by early summer.

Imperial Whitetail Double Cross Clover/Brassica Mix

Posted on July 27, 2012 by Leave a comment

This plot was planted in mid July. This is what it looked like about the 20th of November in western NY State. Notice that the deer have eaten the clover to the ground in and around the purple top turnips and rape plants.

Purple Top White Globe Turnips in a Deer Food Plot

Posted on July 27, 2012 by Leave a comment

These turnips were planted in mid July and this is how they look about the 20th of November. The deer have not yet started to eat them, although this is the first time we have planted these and they are a new food to the deer.

Early Spring Food Plot Feeding

Posted on July 27, 2012 by Leave a comment

Early Spring Purple Top Turnip Feeding In early spring the deer are still actively feeding on the remnants of Purple Top White Globe turnips planted in late summer of the previous year. They are essentially scooping out the bottom of the bowl. At the same time the clover is beginning to re-grow.

Leveling a Honey Bee Hive

Posted on July 26, 2012 by Leave a comment

Leveling a Honey Bee Hive It is important that a honey bee hive is placed on level ground with good drainage. We started by selecting a southern facing location, excavating down about 4 inches, spreading coarse gravel for drainage, leveling, and placing large concrete blocks on which to install the hives.

Placing the HiveOnce the sight was leveled we placed the concrete blocks and re-leveled the concrete blocks by adjusting the loose gravel. The site is now ready to set the hive in place.

Honeybee Bear Fence

Posted on July 26, 2012 by Leave a comment

Bear Fence In the southern tier of western NY State it is now necessary to protect honey bees with a Bear Fence. This was not the case 10 years ago. The fence is an electrified fence with 4 strands of wire. The hives are stacked high with supers in order to have plenty of room for a fall honey flow.

Newly Installed Package Honey Bees

Posted on July 26, 2012 by Leave a comment

Newly Installed Honey Bee Hive Package Honey Bees installed May 4th & 5th, 2012. The rock on top is to help hold down the hive lid in high winds and to discourage unwanted animal visitors. The sugar water feeder it meant to provide the honey bees with supplimental energy during cold or rainy spring weather.

Honey Bee Hives Ready for Painting

Posted on July 26, 2012 by Leave a comment

After assembling the hive bodies and supers, they are ready for painting; first with an oil based primer and then an oil based top coat. The joints have been sealed with caulk to ensure uniform painting and to prevent wood rot. After assembling the hive bodies and supers, they are ready for painting; first with an oil based primer and then an oil based top coat. The joints have been sealed with caulk to ensure uniform painting and to prevent wood rot.

Honey Bee Hives – Facing South

Posted on July 21, 2012 by Leave a comment

Honey Bee Hives Facing South It is best to install Honey Bees so their hive is facing south so that they can be exposed to sunlight from as early morning till as late evening as possible.