Contrary to the saying
busy as a bee, North Dakota beekeepers are having a below average honey
harvest. Gregg Stewart has been a beekeeper for twenty years in
Bismarck. He says this year could be his worst one yet.
not real good," says Stewart. "It's going to be a below average crop.
I'm still in the
process, of course. So, you don't know for sure yet, but it's not going to be a
real great year."
Since 2006, scientists have studied the
decrease in honey bee populations across the country. Stewart believes
that certain factors have affected his crop this year specifically.
"It's getting harder every year to get a good honey crop. Agriculture is
changing in North Dakota and elsewhere. There's a lot more corn and soybeans
grown seems like there's less forage for bees to produce a honey crop."
Honeybees rely on nectar producing
plants, which have been replaced by corn and soybeans in most of the
state. Stewart also says that the weather in North Dakota has had a
negative impact over the last two months.
is needed so the plants produce nectar to get a honey crop and
we had that cool
stretch in July and August. It was probably too cool for them and it
did get dry here in August. So, it's almost too late for this year.
It's been a weird year, when it was supposed to be cold it was hot when
it's supposed to be real cool and now it's hot."
Stewart says he will finish harvesting
in the coming weeks. After harvesting his honey, he will send his bees
to California to get away from the cold, and they will help pollinate
almond and orange crops.
Sunday, March 9 2014 12:06 AM EST2014-03-09 05:06:58 GMT
The Century Patriots took home 1st place overall in the Swim and Dive State event finishing with 349 points. Followed by Minot with 323 points. North Fargo took home 3rd place overall at 297 points. West
The Century Patriots took home 1st place overall in the Swim and Dive State event finishing with 349 points.
Sunday, March 9 2014 12:04 AM EST2014-03-09 05:04:37 GMT
The West Region Class A boys and girls basketball season concluded play today, and the state qualifiers are set. On the girls side Bismarck High won the tournament with a 64 to 61 win over Century. Both
The West Region Class A boys and girls basketball season concluded play today, and the state qualifiers are set.
Sunday, March 9 2014 12:04 AM EST2014-03-09 05:04:04 GMT
The Class B Boys season wrapped up the state tournament tonight in Grand Forks. Fargo Oak Groves defeated Rugby 68 to 58 in overtime fashion. North Star defeated the Lions from Linton-HMB 60 to 49 in the
The Class B Boys season wrapped up the state tournament tonight in Grand Forks.
Sunday, March 9 2014 12:00 AM EST2014-03-09 05:00:06 GMT
Chair-lifts were packed and tube runs were full, as hundreds of families enjoyed a day at the Bottineau Winter Park. But Saturday was no ordinary day in the Turtle Mountains. It's was the grand opening
Saturday was no ordinary day in the Turtle Mountains. It's was the grand opening of Annie's House, a new ski-lodge and adaptive center.