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As the fields of Rape turn green from yellow make sure that you get any surplus honey off and extracted before it sets hard in the comb! The season is now in full swing, indeed colonies should soon reach a peak of numbers. Weekly inspections are essential to monitor colonies for signs of swarming, health and income. Be alert to stores in the hive in case the “June Gap” affects your bees, though do be ready to give plenty of space with extra supers if a flow begins. Make sure newly mated queens come into lay properly mated.