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Drought Good for the Honey Bee

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OMAHA (KPTM)- It's been a hot and dry summer, and for local farmers, that's nothing new.

Drought monitoring officials announced new information that could impact those farmers; 88% of Nebraska remains in a drought.

According to officials, that number could increase if rain doesn't fall.

The drought has impacted food prices at grocery stores. According to the USDA, the cost of food has risen 3-4%.

As temperatures keep rising, there's one thing that loves the heat.

"They basically are going to work themselves to death," said Brian Schlueter.

Schlueter says dry conditions are ideal for his business. Schlueter brews and sells mead, a honey based wine.

"Even here, we've topped 2,000 gallons, almost 3,000 gallons, last year," said Schlueter.

Schlueter said the hotter and drier the temperatures, the harder honey bees work. "It's top performing for bees right now."

Schlueter said the wet spring made him worried. "My scary part was in the spring when we had all this rain, and it was continuously cold," said Schlueter.

He said his bees are like his livestock, they're just a lot smaller than the ‘beefy' kind.

"If we didn't have bees, we'd have a lot of bread and grain right now. AT least we'd have beer, but I like mead," said Schlueter.

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