My name is Mark Berninghausen. I'm from Brasher Falls, NY. Really Upstate NY. Two hours from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, three hours from Montreal, Quebec, Canada and seven hours from NYC or Buffalo, NY. I'm above the snow belt, but temps are usually 5 degrees colder than most of the rest of NY. My company name is Squeak Creek Apiaries. That's why my handle is sqkcrk. Squeak Brook or Squeak River, depending on the deed abstract or map you are looking at, runs through my 103 acre property, which used to be a dairy farm. We still have the barn, but I stopped milking the cow when I got tired of doing it. Better things to do. Every fall my 400 or so colonies of bees go to South Carolina for the winter. I come back home to package and distribute honey to stores and farm markets and to move snow and feed the stove to help keep things from freezing. Come March I go south to work the bees for 6 weeks or so. That's when I make splits to fill in the deadouts and to make nucs to sell. I get queen cells from a friend in SC who grows them or I buy queens from FL or CA, depending on their availability or if I was smart enough to book ahead. I prefer Carniolans, but I'll use whatever I can get my hands on or whatever the nucs raise themselves. Often the first nukes I make are left to raise their own queens, unless I can get cells. and the splits I make three weeks before leaving for the north get queens. When we, the bees and I, get back north the bees go right into the orchards along Lake Champlain. I have 4 orchards that I pollinate. They take about 360 colonies in total. The smallest orchard taking 24 and the largest taking 200. Once pollination season is over w/ the bees are brought out of the orchards into their summer locations. At that time more splitting is done to try to keep the swarming down. Also, in late June, there is a cranberry operation nearby that uses 40 colonies for their pollination. My colonies don't make big crops like some of my fellow beekeepers fifty or sixty miles south of me. The St. Lawrence Valley isn't quite the honey country that it used to be. So, next year I be putting some of my colonies a little farther away from home for better production. What more can I tell you? Oh, yeah. Iddee invited me here. We used to exchange ideas and beliefs on beesource. Thanks Iddee. Hi Bjorn and others.