Drought or Flood - a rough rule of thumb

A rough rule of thumb, that has paid big dividends for North Coast NSW beekeepers, is to work close to the coast during drought and go inland in wet years.

During drought, or dry years, coastal trees such as blackbutt, swamp turpentine, red mahogany, spotted gum and tea-tree, will give good crops of honey. In wet years, especially in autumn, beekeepers should keep well away from the coast with its wet weather, nosema and floods. They should go to the ranges, or even further west onto the tablelands, and work the local flora, of stringybarks, St Barnaby s thistle and other ground flora. 

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