2009 2010 2011 2016 2017
day day day day day
Bradford Pear 65 79 60 56
Carpenter Bees 68 87 72 63
Acer palmatum leaf out 73 92 77 64
Carolina Cherry Laurel 73 97 83 57
Pollen Count over 1000 76 51
The point of tracking these day-of-year values is to synchronize my beekeeping practices with spring weather. The first step/acknowledgement is to admit that there is no such thing as an average year- we have never experienced an average year of weather. My journal contains spring marker dates which sometimes appear in different months. So, dates are converted to day-of-year to make the comparison between years easier. I'm experimenting with comparing first pollen count over 1000. Pollen count is easy to acquire, loosely correlates with temperature and maybe more objective than my journal notes.
I first saw Steve Page speak at Georgia Beekeepers Association in 2015 on the topic of Sustainable Beekeeping. Do you want to learn more, sign-up for "It's Time To..." the free email mentoring of Coweta Sustainable Beekeeping. As Steve is influenced by other beekeepers - so, I'm influenced by Steve and have adapted my beekeeping management which uses Kelly foundationless (F Style) frames. Last Monday (day 65), I removed the bee cozy and checker-boarded the honey cap of my hives.