Agriculture letter Schlatre 1877 Apr 25
Agriculture and Its Interests. The Farm Work-Shop Factory Home School Church. Bt Dak'l Diknett. sugar and honk y crop. Mr. Michael Schlatre. a very practical planter, good authority on the sugar and honey question, favors us with the following information : PlJk.QTJF.MINE, IKERVILLK PARISIT, La,, ? April 21. 1877. S Mr. Dan'l Dennett The weather for the past month has Ltx.ii very unfavorable for the crops, and what affects them injuriously has the same effect on the bees. In the first days of March I extracted about t wo-thiids of 'the hoDey left in the hives from last fall's gathering; this I did to give the necessary reotn to the mother bee to lay her eggs. Since that time, although the spring has been forward enough, and ciover aud flowers are abundant, the weather has been bo inclement, and we have, had so much ram. that the flowers f illed to secrete honey, and the little fellows nave barely been able to keep themselves in lood. At this date the colonies are very strong, and are swarming briskly. 1 tay nothing about wintering, because here in the South, we have nothing to fear from the cold. True, .ve loso a few colonies evry winter, from deith of tiueens, but nothiug worth speaking of. Wo have had a magnificent week for field work, and consequently my ninety colonies ot bes were nevermore active in tne white clover, which is now in fall flower. Corn is a lull stand. Cane (P-iiiittO a better stauu than last year; snbble cane, very little show yet. To- y is the first spring nay wo have had. Michael Schlatre.