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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 244

THE PACIFIC BEE JOURNAL.
and nearly ninety years old, taking
up bee-keeping as a pleasure and past-
time.
The American bee-Keeper.
Mapie Sugar Mr. J. H. Andre, of
and Honey.   Waverly, N. Y., writes
that the season is very
good for white clover, and that it is
also a maple sugar year, there being
no good season for either for a number
of years, and remarks that if the two
run together, it will be an opportunity
to forecast the honey crop.
IWhen we in California have a
good orange blossom honey yield we
usually fail in a sage honey crop.
-Ed.]
MOST WONDERFUL BEE-KEEPER
IN THE UNITED STATES.
Some Remarkable Yields. Artificial
Pasturage and Large Colonies.
"Gleanings" devotes between four
and five pages to a description of the
methods of J. L. Gandy. of Humboldt,
Neb., now owner of 3000 colonies of
bees, which made him $25,000 in two
years, and a wealthy man in seven-
teen years, now owner of 20,000 acres
of land valued at $1,200,000 and large
tracts of wild land in Dakota, Texas
and Kansas, and considerable city
property (and none for sale).
Artificial pasturage.-Grows catnip
and sweet clover in acreage and along
the road ways. Contracts with farm-
ers and lessors of his ranches to grow
a certain acreage for bee pasturage.
When he started, bees did not aver-
age fifty pounds of honey per colony.
By improved pasturage the surplus
per colony for eleven years, with small
hives, was 150 pounds, and the last
six years, with large hives, 300 pounds
per colony per annum; uses ten-frame
hive; allows queen two or three
bodies and as many stories for sur-
plus; has found thirty-two frames of
brood in one hive; his home apiary
of one hundred colonies averaged 407
pounds per colony, or $61.05 worth of
honey.
Sells his crop-comb, chunk and ex-
tracted-and the product of his neigh-
borhood at 15 cents per pound; buys
all the outside product of his neigh-
bors at 15 cents per pound, thus ab-
solutely controlling his market, and
sells direct to consumers; according to
his figures his product amounts to
$90,000 per annum; he is very liberal
in giving samples; his territory is not
overrun with dealers and commission
men, for there is no chance for them.
Editor Root of Gleanings and W. Z.
Hutchinson, of the Review, are going
out to investigate this wonderful bee-
keeper.
California (U. S. Honey Report) is
the best honey state in the Union, show-
ing a product of 100 per cent. on the in-
vestment, while other states show 50
per cent., and while we have had aver-
ages of 400 pounds per colony, and old
man Archer built up a colony and
yielded 1800 pounds in a single season,
we will have to give the laurel to
Nebraska for the present with regret.
-Ed. I
NOT CONNECTED
With the Pacific Honey Producers.
Mr. C. H. Clayton is no longer in the
employ of the Pacific Honey Produc-
ers. He did not own any interest, nor
any part of the business; simply was
employed as business and honey
agent. His dealing with the custom of
the Pacific Honey Producers was very
unsatisfactory, and many misunder-
standings have occurred, which will
be righted by the present manage-
ment, Mr. B. S. K. Bennett, president
and general manager.
OCTOBER
244


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