For North Dakota Landowners

Information about hosting beehives for our landowners in North Dakota:

DON’T WORRY ABOUT SPRAYING!

  • You DO NOT need to notify us

  • Spray whatever and whenever you need

  • Honeybees typically aren’t foraging where you spray

  • If you’re concerned, spray in the morning or evening when the bees are not flying

TIMELINE:

  • We place bees in June, remove in October

  • We visit hives every couple weeks to feed, add boxes, remove honey, etc.

  • The bees are shipped (on semis under net) to California and Texas for the winter

  • Bees can typically be moved out from the location in 24hrs if needed

WHAT’S IN IT FOR THE FARMER?

  • A case of honey and/or barbecue sauce for each location

  • A gift of some sort (sweatshirt, t-shirt, hats, gloves, etc.)

  • Improved canola yields? (possibly as much as 13%+ depending on the study referenced)

WILL I GET STUNG?!?

  • Highly unlikely. Honeybees are very non-aggressive compared to hornets and wasps

  • Honeybees will only sting if threatened, i.e. getting caught in your hair/clothing or disturbing their hive

WHAT MAKES A GOOD LOCATION FOR BEES?

  • We need about 15 x 40 feet for 50-60 hives, plus room to turn around a truck and forklift

  • Relatively level and smooth

  • Not wet (we won’t visit if the roads are soft anyway)

  • Great locations: old farmhouses, pastures (cows & horses ok), corners of hayfields, near old bins

  • We need to stay 1.5 - 2 miles from another bee location (bees forage 2 miles in any direction)

You can always contact us at: bees@lambshoneyfarm.com