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Honey production steps

 

Timing is everything for beekeepers. Every beekeeper knows that in order to get the best from each beehive he needs to deal with a fine balance between colony development, weather conditions and the blooming schedule.

When a beekeeper is targeting a specific blooming period, he needs to make sure that beehives are strong enough to get the best of the flowers around and deployed in the right place at the right time.

Beekeepers, however, have a hard time forecasting the exact conditions of all beehives before the blooming season. Due to the ever-changing weather behavior, beekeepers also don’t get the best of the blooming period, normally by missing a few days or weeks of foraging or by miscalculating the strength of the beehive.
In addition, when blooming kicks in and bees start to collect food, it is also very common that a beekeeper doesn’t realize that beehives are fully stored and bees don’t have more space to collect more honey, capping this way the potential of the beehive.

Beeyard allows beekeepers to know exactly what’s the state of a given beehive at a given moment. This is very important for a beekeeper before, during and after the blooming season. Let’s break it down.

Before

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Beeyard – Beehive weight before blooming season

During the building-up phase and when the beekeeper is preparing the beehives for the next blooming season, Beeyard allows him to follow the building-up evolution of each beehive. This way, he makes sure that all beehives are at their full potential.
In addition, if the beekeeper uses sentinel technique for migratory operations, Beeyard allows him to know exactly when blooming started. This way he will be able to migrate all beehives at the right time and make sure he doesn’t skip a day.

During

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Beeyard – beehive weight during blooming season

During the blooming season, when bees are at full potential, it’s crucial to know if bees are collecting honey or dealing with weather.
Beeyard allows beekeepers to know the foraging level everyday. This way, beekeepers can make sure that bees don’t need their attention, like feeding bees or moving beehives.
To make sure they don’t miss commercial targets, it’s very important that they know the quantity of honey that they are collecting. Beeyard provides the beekeeper with a daily estimate of the quantity of honey collected for each beehive and aggregate per apiary.
In addition, if bees are collecting honey and are approaching the maximum level of honey stored, with Beeyard beekeepers know if they need to add supers to increase production level.

After

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Beeyard – beehive weight after blooming and harvest drop of weight

After blooming is complete it is also very important for beekeepers to follow stored beehives. Beeyard allows beekeepers to know when blooming season ended and how many kgs of honey are stored inside each beehive and on aggregate.
Also crucial for the harvesting process is to make sure that honey is removed at the right time. With Beeyard, beekeepers can follow the evolution of honey stores in beehives and make sure it follows a steady state pattern.

Published On: November 9th, 2021 / Categories: Beeyard Sensor /