Beekeepers are the latest victim of the drought.
The drought kills flowers, which gives hungry bees fewer options to gather nectar and pollen, but the warm summer can have some advantages too, according to a Vox article. Typically beekeepers do better in years of drought because bees don’t leave the hive at all when it’s raining, which prevents them from gathering nectar. Large amounts of rainfall also wash nectar away from flowers.
Because this year’s drought is so harsh, honey production is down slightly, but beekeepers said they are faring better than others. “It’s not a bumper crop,” Columbia Beekeeper Steve Moeller said, shaking his head. “But as I look around at other agriculture crops, such as corn, I feel very fortunate.”
Indeed, the drought is taking a harsh toll across the Midwest. Basement walls are cracking, farm incomes are dropping, real estate growth is slowing and the Governor’s Office has spent $18.7 million so far digging wells to help struggling farmers. Add it all up and the world faces a global food crisis.