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Bee culture--Minnesota; Bee products; Apiaries


The modest references to insects in geographic literature have been largely confined to those deriving notoriety as vectors of disease-producing organisms (e.g ., the tsetse fly and the anopheles mosquito). Among the beneficial insects, bees have been significant in man's organization of area for agricultural purposes for at least 4,000 years. The management of bees for the production of honey is a widely dispersed economic activity in the United States. Minnesota has been a leading state in honey production for many years. Minnesota's 1966 honey crop of 17,940,000 pounds was the third largest in the United States. Approximately 90,000 colonies of bees were registered with State Entomologist in 1966. The gross distributional pattern reveals an uneven concentration of colonies within a broad belt draped across the state from northwest to southeast, separating too extensive areas in the northeast and the southwest in which apiaries ore much less conspicuous elements of the cultural environment. Areal differences in bee pasture along with other factors such as protection from marauders, availability of drinking water, a location that will not interfere with normal farm operation, accessibility with a degree of seclusion, and prior territorial claims by other beekeepers will determine the suitability of areas for apiary location within the state.

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