Chilly spring not kind to bees

1:44 PM, Apr 2, 2013   |    comments
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This chilly spring isn't helping our friendly yet sometimes annoying insect,  the honey bee.

Ben Volk, owner of  Ben's Bees, says the cold weather we are having this spring in East Tennessee is delaying bees from growing, multiplying and pollinating our crops.

Bees are responsible for pollinating one-third of our fruits and vegetables.

Volk's bees do not leave their hive if it is under fifty-five degrees.

"It's a compounding factor. If the bees don't build up enough to pollinate the crops later, then the crops not only do they get a late start on them or possibly kill them with frost. so when they do come up there may not be enough bees to pollinate them, adequately," says Volk.

Volk says he's seen the interest in bee keeping grow.  The local bee club meets the first Monday of every month and they can help bee enthusiasts get started.

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