Many beekeepers have pollen coming into their colonies. Soft maples and pussy willows leading the way. Buds are bursting out of the trees with our crazy weather we have been experiencing. This influx in pollen will be shifting colonies into full gear spring build up. Many beekeepers are reporting having colonies packed with bees.
Long term weather forecast has highs dropping into the high 50's by the end of the this coming week. If the temperatures cool down to the 50's bees will have a difficult time collecting sufficient amounts of pollen to keep large colonies properly fed. Keeping pollen patties on until May will give the bees proper nutrition for a healthy colony.