Tupelo News Update 2014

May 20, 2014

It's hard to believe but the honey crop has been a complete failure this year. The bees were able to work the bloom one day, and then we had very strong storms for the next four days. This beat the bloom to the point that the bees could not gather the nectar. The bees being cut out of the first few days is what hurt us the most. This is when they fill up on the Tupelo. If the storm had come after the fifth or sixth day of the bloom, we would have produced much more honey. The first few days are critical to Tupelo Honey production.

Everything was right this year for a bumper crop. We had high water all year and the bloom was beautiful. The bloom looked better than we had seen it in years. We were holding out hope that the bees would fill up after the rain stopped, but the bloom was just too battered to produce for them.

We had about a third of a crop this year. It has been one of the worst honey production years we have ever had.

The five-pound jugs will be for sale just for a short amount of time. As soon as we run out of what we already have bottled, that will be it for the year. We will run out of honey this year. If you need it you had better get it soon, or you will have to wait until next May.

I really don't know what to say. We have had four crop failures in a row. This just doesn't happen, but it has. We just have to be thankful for what we have and hope for the best next year.

Glynnis Lanier - May 20, 2014