Why the heat’s been a buzzkill for bees and beekeepers
WEBB CITY, Mo. – The heat isn’t just affecting crops and your electric bill, it’s also impacting bees.
KOAM’s Janna Hautala spoke with a Webb City beekeeping family today. They’re struggling with their honey production this summer.
Jordan Jones says his bees have only been able to produce a third of the amount of honey they should have produced: only about 120 pounds instead of about 300 pounds.
The heat has forced the beekeepers to feed their bees with a sugar-water mix. However, if they do this, they are not able to sell the honey because it is not classified as pure honey.
The heat does not only dry up the flowers that bees use, but also makes the hives hot for the bees to work in and produce honey.
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