Thistles and Bees

Discussion in 'General Beekeeping' started by brooksbeefarm, Jun 24, 2013.

  1. brooksbeefarm

    brooksbeefarm New Member

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    My wife, nephew, and myself, have been cutting Musk thistles for 6 days now:shock:. Never seen so many thistles, we have filled my 5ft. by 10ft trailer 11 times now and still have at least 2 more to go. Everyone around here have them, but not like i have, and i cut and spray them every year:???:. I'm blaming it on the drought last year, the ground was bare and the thistle seed could settle on it and germinate. Started out cutting and putting a drop of Thordon on them, but seen right away they would go to seed before we got a third of them, i then went to my corn knife, but my arm gave out. I then (my best idea) remembered the saw blade on my weed eater and it's been a life saver:thumbsup:.My wife tripped while carrying a arm load of thistles to the trailer and hit her head on it's rail, she now has a knot on her head and two black eyes.:sad: The only good thing about this (if there is one) is the bees love them. How's your thistle crop??? Jack
     
  2. dr.buzz

    dr.buzz New Member

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    Hope your wife feels better..........
    We have these by some property we own in the next town over.....I don't keep bees there and rarely see any honeybees around there and have never seen any working these, but I think it's the same as what you are talking about:

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  3. efmesch

    efmesch Active Member

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    Could your wife's name by any chance be "Susan"? :)wink:)
    I join Dr. Buzz in wishing her well.
    Here the thistles are very important contributors among our honey plants, especially in the rainless summer months.
     
  4. lazy shooter

    lazy shooter New Member

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    Brooksbeefarm:

    I'm sorry to hear about your wife. May she mend soon.

    I keep my pastures as natural as possible, so I let the thistle and other weeds grow as they may. My bees seem to like thistle very well. Like Ef, thistle is a good nectar source in our rainless summers.
     
  5. brooksbeefarm

    brooksbeefarm New Member

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    dr. buzz, those are the same type thistle,just brought another trailer load in, tried to burn the 30ft. long by 7ft high pile last night, but still to green. Greene Co. Mo. has a law, that if you don't cut your thistles they will send a crew out to cut them for you, and send you the bill.:eek: Jack
     
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    Our thistle crop is strong as well. They will take a hay field or pasture over if not controlled somehow. None of my neighbors give a damn about the thistles in their fields / pastures so I'm fighting a losing battle here.
     
  7. brooksbeefarm

    brooksbeefarm New Member

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    I go over my farm every year (at least 4 times) looking for thistles and kill them, this is the worse i've ever had them? It looks like they were spread and i got to thinking that maybe the seed got in the lime i had spread last fall, but the lime came from a quarry, so i don't know how that could happen?:???:.This was in a 8 acre field and the thistles were along the fence on three sides and about a 20 ft. strip on all three sides?? The lime truck limed four other fields that had some thistle spots, but nothing like the 8 acre field? The lime truck did make several trips to the quarry and i wonder if the seed could have got scooped up in a load? very strange.:roll: I do have good neighbors that farm, and they do have alot of thistles,and do kill them, but not like i have on my side of the fence. Jack
     
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    riverrat New Member

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    they keep the thistles pretty much thinned out around here. They are on the noxious weed list in kansas. Land owners can be fined for not keeping on top of them
     
  9. lazy shooter

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    I realize the socialist and collectivist are coming to Texas, but at this point in time we still have strong property rights. The state doesn't tell us which weeds to cut.
     
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    Hope your wife is doing well.
    We have thistles up here but not near as plentiful as what you all are describing.
     
  11. brooksbeefarm

    brooksbeefarm New Member

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    My wife had her regular doctors appointment at 8:00am last monday (two days after it happened) . She was setting in the waiting room and her doctor walked by and seen her, she said OH My God :shock: what happen to you?? You come right into my office, my wife told her, No my husband didn't beat me, and explained what happen. The doctor told her she should look normal in about 3 weeks,( no concession) my wife wears sun glasses and a granny hat every where she goes. Jack
     
  12. ApisBees

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    According to accuweather.com you have recieved 5 more inches of rain than the normal average thru the months jan to may could explain the increased germination this spring.
    I us a shovel and step it in with my foot just below ground level cutting the stock of before they seed.