Bees Tending Canola Blooms

bee tending canola

The air is buzzing with all these hives around my canola fields! Back and forth the bees fly and work. Canola pollen is very good for the bees at around 24% protein, plus other goodness that I already mentioned here.  I’ve been told to expect yield increases of 10-20% from the more complete and rapid pollination.

By early may we will get the first honey from these hives, some of which we hope to sell at Yoder’s Country Store, Morning Sun Market, and area farmer’s markets. Since canola honey naturally crystallizes quickly we will be making it into Creamed Honey, which is pure honey that has had some already-crystallized honey added which had specially selected small, oval shaped crystals which feel pleasant to the tongue.  Creamed honey can have a wonderful texture and the benefits of easy spreadability and less “stranding” to clean up.

Fun facts:

  • One pound of honey is produced from around 2 million flower visits.
  • A bee, it is said, flies around 50,000 miles to produce one pound of honey.
  • Canola in the South-east is planted at 200,000 seeds per acre, which is 6.5 times the population of corn.
  • Each plant may produce 100 flowers which will make seed pods.  That’s 20 million flowers per acre!
  • Canola honey is lighter in color than honey from any other blooms or blossoms.

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A seventh generation farmer of good soils in Henry County Tennessee, I take seriously my responsibility to care for what has been entrusted to me for this life and to teach my children diligently.

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