Data is power. Now that we understand what data can be collected, let’s look at how this data can be used. For example, collecting data on the health of a hive, colony strength or presence of pest and diseases is important in understanding the health of a hive. A healthy hive is a productive hive. Hence, collecting this data is to your advantage if you want to increase productivity.
Information on forage and food for bees is also extremely important in ensuring that your colonies don’t leave or abscond. Hence, collecting this data is very important in preventing your bees from swarming.
Information on moisture content and yields of honey is also important in understanding the profitability of your operations. Are you making money or bleeding money?
Therefore overall, data is your power and the more data you collect, the more information you have to make your operations more successful and profitable.
With proper data collection and analysis, a beekeeper will be able to know:
Data collection is therefore very important in beekeeping. If you want to go into commercial beekeeping, you need to be sure that you keep good records!