I had the truck loaded with empty supers and was headed for a full day of checking beehives. It had been three weeks since these hives had been last checked and the first round of supers had been put on. These were all locations that normally provide the hives with plenty of nectar each season, but with last years drought, the honey crop was a bust. My anxiety was running high during my drive to the out yards fearing a repeat of last years nectar dearth. As I visited bee yard after bee yard my fears soon left as I saw the beautiful glistening nectar dripping from the frames.
The following signs, listed below, can help determine if your hives are experiencing a nectar flow or dearth.