It looks like the long warm spell of March is over. We should be starting our first grafts this coming week and the weather forecast only predicts one day that even reaches 70 degrees. A big change from the last few weeks where nearly every day was in the 70′s.
With the use of an incubator to keep the brood warm, I probably will start grafting early this week, but what is of bigger concern is the extended forecast. Accuweather.com puts it in the 50′s to low 60′s through April 25th currently which may make it a real challenge to populate the mating nucs in a couple weeks when the queen cells are ready, and even a bigger challenge for queens to mate.
The hives are raising plenty of drones however, so we’ll start and cross our fingers.