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Beekeepers Affected By Recent Heavy Rains

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Shenefield says he completely lost between 75 to 100 of his 3,000 hives during the recent rains, and others were badly damaged. (Brock Turner, WFIU/WTIU News)

Farmers across the Midwest have experienced setbacks because of the heavy rains, and that includes beekeepers.

David Shenefield owns Clover Blossom Honey, the largest commercial bee operation in Indiana. He says the rain has created a few challenges, including issues getting queens to mate.

It’s also impacting honey production and pollination.

Shenefield says he isn’t sure how much honey he’ll produce yet and that and he’s about a month behind schedule because of the rain.

“It could be half a crop, because we lost all the spring from all the mites, locusts, honeysuckle, raspberries and blackberries," he says. "We lost all that production due to rain.”

Shenefield says most other beekeepers are in a similar situation right now. 

“The heartlands here, and wherever all the flooding was, there were concerns of hive losses,” he says. 

He says he is focused on keeping his hives healthy so that there is a chance at producing honey next year.

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