Country Lore: Bees Increase Fruit Yield

Keep bees and be pleasantly surprised at your bigger and better fruit harvests!

Bee on Apple Blossom

Keeping bees not only gives you sweet honey, but these buzzing beneficials will pollinate your fruit trees and crops.

PHOTO: FOTOLIA/AL KAN

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We have a small farm in south-central Kansas that has a variety of fruit trees. Two years ago, I took a beekeeping class and moved some hives to the farm for pollination and for the honey. The following year, we had an abundance of apples, and their size had nearly doubled!

I also built an observation beehive that hangs on the outside of the sun porch, where in the morning I drink coffee and watch the bees working. My grandchildren like to try to find the queen bee.

Roy Holder
Cheney, Kansas