Beekeepers across Northern Michigan are reporting shortages of honey – due to continued drought across the region. Not only is there a dwindling supply of honey, the bees are starving to death.
Kirk Jones is a commercial beekeeper at Sleeping Bear Farms in Beulah. He says this is the worst he’s ever seen, and he’s lost 10 percent of his hives so far.
He says “there wasn’t enough nectar to make much honey at all. In some areas we didn’t make any honey. There’s a deficit and we have to immediately feed because we’re already losing to starvation because of the short honey crop.”
Jones says this morning he decided to truck bees south to Florida, so the bees could find fresh nectar and natural pollen.