Mike evaluates the spring progress of these production hives in May 2018.   Click (+) in upper right corner of images to enlarge.      all photos: Adam Foster Collins
       
     
 Berthiaume 1 yard, where we winter half of our mating nucleus colonies along with a number of production colonies.   Click (+) in upper right corner of images to enlarge.      all photos: Adam Foster Collins
       
     
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 Daughter of Breeder 73, just after being released from a push-in introduction cage.   Click (+) in upper right corner of images to enlarge.      All Photos: Adam Foster Collins
       
     
 Having just delivered mating nucs to the Cimeron Mating Yard, the crew stops to rest and chat. Each 4-way mating nuc sits on an empty deep, which functions as a stand.   Click (+) in upper right corner of images to enlarge.      All Photos: Adam Foster Collins
       
     
 2018 was a great example of the way Mike’s approach can pay dividends. He avoids splitting in the spring, and instead relies on reversing and adding supers early to strong colonies to deal with swarming. This year, our crop came from nectar flows in June. Having supers on strong colonies in the spring meant we had excellent honey crop to extract when Autumn came.   Click (+) in upper right corner of images to enlarge.      All Photos: Adam Foster Collins
       
     
 Buddy’s Yard has just been wrapped and French Hill is hit hard with an early snowfall.   Click (+) in upper right corner of images to enlarge.      Photos: Adam Foster Collins
       
     
 Inside the old 72 frame extractor. With harvest and extraction finished for another year, it’s time to clean out the equipment and turn to winter projects in the shop.   Click (+) in upper right corner of images to enlarge.    All photos: Adam Foster Collins