The standard hive in Nebraska is a traditional Langstroth. The Center for Rural Affairs conducted a research project with outside beekeepers, designed to compare and highlight four alternative hive structures: Nuc, Shallow, Top Bar, and Long Langstroth. Each beekeeper was required to keep an alternative hive, as well as two traditional Langstroth hives to use as controls. This is real-life feedback over the course of three years from two seasoned beekeepers.
This case study focuses on the Top Bar hive. Check out the other alternative hive case studies:
- Nuc alternative hive case study
- Shallow alternative hive case study
- Long Langstroth alternative hive case study
To learn more about our work with beginning farmers and beekeepers, click here.
This project was funded by a U.S. Department of Agriculture specialty crop block grant.