Excerpt from Some of the Essentials of Beekeeping: From the Fifty-Ninth Annual Report of the State Board of Agriculture
In commercial honey production, the selection of the apiary site receives deliberate consideration. Shelter from prevailing winds, a relatively level spot, ... upland and not swamp, remoteness from stock or pedestrians, aside from the general consideration of the honey producing flora or bee forage, are important. The matter of shade versus no shade in the apiary has attracted considerable attention, but without proving the advantage of one over the other. As a whole, bees thrive best in the open, but the hives should then be protected by shade boards or ventilated covers, in order to overcome the melting down of the combs or sulking or hanging out of the colony in excessive heat. It is usually thought that in the Open bees ¿y earlier and perhaps gather more nectar than when colonies are under trees. Too dense shade, which results in dampness, is to be avoided.
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