This is one of six sites (Arrowwood, Grindler, Kunze, McMillan, Wannamaker, and Lyter) that are production apiaries with about 40 colonies each. Colony performance is being monitored as part of a USDA Area Wide Investigation by Dr. Jeff Pettis and others. Detailed information is not included here for privacy considerations.
Colonies are managed for honey production, and are in commercial Langstroth 10 frame equipment. Telescoping covers were used in 2011 and 2012 (2 hives/apiary). Colonies were installed on USDA/NASA electronic scales and the data here are averaged daily gain of edited records within the apiary.
The colonies are located in the Prairie Pot Hole region, and forage consists primarily of native forbs, some of which are bee friendly crops.