Country Lore: Bees Increase Fruit Yield

Keep bees and be pleasantly surprised at your bigger and better fruit harvests!
By Roy Holder
June/July 2006
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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








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