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Bennett, B.S.K. (ed.) / The Pacific bee journal
Vol. 5, No. 10 (October, 1902)

[Articles and opinions pertaining to beekeeping],   pp. [237]-246 PDF (3.0 MB)

Page 246

pose of their product are two matters
given equal attention.
"The honey industry in Maricopa
county is not what it should be" said
Mr. Ivy yesterday, "but we hope in a
few years to make it one of the great-
est sources of revenue to the farmers
of this county.
"This has been one of the hard sea-
sons owing to the lack of early rains
that would make the flowers grow and
blossom out full of honey. The bees
have had a hard time of it.
"Before many years when this valley
has enough water to make it possible
to cultivate all the land there will be
plenty of flowers, and several thou-
sand stands of bees could be handled
with success.
"We expect to learn a great deal
that will be of assistance to us at the
convention in Denver which opens on
September 3rd.'
The Colorado Desert-Its Reputation.
By W. D. French.
The recent honey production of San
Diego county is not in a sense flatter-
ing to bee men, but wins over an en-
tire failure by several hundred per
cent. There are quite a list of people
in this county whose servants collect
the precious nectar from the flowers,
and whose product this season has
ranged from one to ten tons, which,
instead of breeding despair, has in-
sured the hearts of our apiarists to a
firmer and more inspiring grasp on
the year 1903.
The season for 1902 has been one
of a peculiar nature.  During the
month of July there was presented to
our  people from  above   a goodly
amount of rain, which indicated on
the dial plate of the rain guage from
1 to 1  inches, thus reviving vegeta-
tion, prolonging the life of nectar-
bearing plants, and extending the
time limit for extractions at least
thirty days. Thus it may be seen that
San Diego county's honey product has
rot in any sense be-In a failure, while
fruits of all kinds are spontaneously
The   reputation  throughout  the
United States of our honey alone, as
to quality and quantity, need not be
dwelt upon at this time, but it is safe
to approximate for the near future
that San Diego county will surpass in
the production of honey any other
known place of equal area.
The Colorado Desert, in the eastern
part of this county, is now being irri-
gated  by the construction  of large
water ways, taken from the Colorado
River, where thousands of acres of
alfalfa are being sown, and it is only
a question of time when this alluvial
plane, this desolated waste, will be-
come the most fertile of all American
This vast domain, which has here-
tofore been considered a worthless
waste, is now being converted into a
garden of Eden, built on modern prin-
ciples, covering an area equal to the
State  of Massachusetts, and which
will in a few years become the
grandest and most productive country
on the earth's plane.
While alfalfa bloom does not pro-
duce the best quality of honey, such
as gathered from our mountain flow-
ers, yet this bountiful resource will
attract many bee men, who will have
lovely homes upon this once-barren
soil, as well as the busy little bees,
who can exhaust their energy to their
hearts' content.
San Diego, Cal.
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