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Forum: Commercial Beekeeping/Pollination

Beekeeping from a commercial point of view. Focus is on income production and cost/time efficiencies, pros/cons of certain practices, and other subjects more of concern to those making their primary income from bees.

  1. Sticky Thread Sticky: Bulk honey prices and market outlook

    Started by irwin harlton, 11-07-2008 08:33 AM
    51 Pages
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  2. Sticky Thread Sticky: Pollination prices

    Started by Bens-Bees, 12-03-2009 08:45 PM
    13 Pages
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    • Replies: 258
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  3. Sticky Thread Sticky: Blue Diamond - in the orchard reports

    Started by JohnK and Sheri, 02-04-2015 11:26 PM
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  4. Sticky Thread Sticky: Forum rules revisited

    Started by JohnK and Sheri, 08-18-2010 11:32 AM
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  1. Treatment Free Commercial Beekeepers?

    Started by StevenG, 03-07-2013 09:29 AM
    43 Pages
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    08-30-2013, 04:52 PM Go to last post
  2. I would like to be a commercial beek

    Started by GuyDurden, 07-08-2013 06:54 PM
    37 Pages
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    • Replies: 732
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    10-12-2014, 12:50 PM Go to last post
  3. Poll Poll: Bees, lies and evidence-based policy

    Started by Ian, 10-05-2014 07:42 PM
    21 Pages
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    • Replies: 415
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    02-02-2015, 08:03 AM Go to last post
  4. 2012 Dieback Already?

    Started by sqkcrk, 11-10-2012 07:40 AM
    17 Pages
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    • Replies: 327
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    01-06-2013, 02:02 PM Go to last post
  5. Super DFM - Honeybees

    Started by Ian, 12-12-2014 07:42 AM
    15 Pages
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    • Replies: 290
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    01-20-2015, 04:17 PM Go to last post
  6. People actually make a living with honey production??

    Started by jwhiteker, 11-05-2014 12:05 PM
    12 Pages
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    • Replies: 220
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    03-11-2015, 05:03 PM Go to last post
  7. Dan Rather report on bee shortage in Calif almonds

    Started by Keith Jarrett, 04-06-2013 12:51 PM
    11 Pages
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    • Replies: 216
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    05-02-2013, 08:57 PM Go to last post
  8. Meeting Bee Nutritional Requirements

    Started by BEES4U, 08-13-2009 10:24 PM
    11 Pages
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    bee nutrition, feeding bees, pollen patties, pollen supplements
    • Replies: 203
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    11-25-2012, 09:16 AM Go to last post
  9. Southbound 2012

    Started by sqkcrk, 11-21-2012 01:37 PM
    10 Pages
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    • Replies: 183
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    11-11-2014, 02:41 PM Go to last post
  10. survivor stock commercial option?

    Started by kiwiBee, 05-02-2010 05:58 AM
    9 Pages
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    • Replies: 179
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    05-12-2010, 02:04 AM Go to last post
  11. Indoor wintering

    Started by Ian, 12-11-2013 01:20 PM
    9 Pages
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    • Replies: 173
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    04-21-2014, 10:06 PM Go to last post
  12. Is almond pollination adversely affecting queen genetics?

    Started by grumpybeeman, 02-01-2014 05:32 AM
    9 Pages
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    • Replies: 165
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    02-02-2014, 08:21 PM Go to last post
  13. The current price of sugar.

    Started by BEES4U, 06-15-2009 07:18 PM
    9 Pages
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    • Replies: 160
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    10-09-2012, 06:10 PM Go to last post
  14. Honey House

    Started by Ben Little, 07-16-2013 09:59 AM
    9 Pages
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    • Replies: 160
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    12-12-2013, 10:52 AM Go to last post
  15. Bobcat with forklift mast, or without, vs Hummerbee!!!!!!!!

    Started by BoTBees, 02-29-2012 06:11 PM
    8 Pages
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    • Replies: 147
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    01-20-2013, 11:52 AM Go to last post
  16. bees shortage in almonds

    Started by suttonbeeman, 12-06-2009 08:48 AM
    8 Pages
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    • Replies: 146
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    02-28-2010, 11:13 AM Go to last post
  17. Pattie supplements

    Started by Ian, 01-06-2015 01:41 PM
    7 Pages
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    • Replies: 139
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  18. U.S./Canadian honeybee open border issues

    Started by Ian, 04-12-2014 07:53 AM
    7 Pages
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    • Replies: 136
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    04-24-2014, 01:19 AM Go to last post
  19. beekeeper pay scale?

    Started by csalt09, 05-05-2014 09:23 PM
    7 Pages
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    • Replies: 133
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    06-04-2014, 07:26 AM Go to last post
  20. Nosema spore counts this fall

    Started by Ian, 10-03-2014 07:08 AM
    6 Pages
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    • Replies: 119
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    03-27-2015, 07:19 PM Go to last post
  21. The Last Beekeeper

    Started by chevydmax04, 09-12-2009 06:58 PM
    6 Pages
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    • Replies: 118
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    04-25-2011, 07:45 PM Go to last post
  22. Typical brokerage fee?

    Started by westernbeekeeper, 11-26-2013 03:43 PM
    6 Pages
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    • Replies: 118
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    11-30-2013, 07:32 PM Go to last post
  23. worst winter ever?

    Started by camero7, 03-02-2013 02:13 PM
    6 Pages
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    • Replies: 117
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    04-10-2013, 03:03 PM Go to last post
  24. Big Grin How do you get 180-200 lbs of honey per hive??

    Started by Mrmizilplix, 08-16-2010 06:33 PM
    6 Pages
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    • Replies: 115
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    09-03-2010, 08:49 PM Go to last post
  25. Lots of bees in Cali????

    Started by simplyhoney, 01-13-2009 07:23 AM
    6 Pages
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    • Replies: 113
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    01-31-2009, 08:16 PM Go to last post
  26. Cheap Chinese Honey and the threat to U.S. Beekeepers

    Started by DigitalBishop, 03-03-2010 03:10 PM
    6 Pages
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    • Replies: 112
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    09-27-2010, 12:49 PM Go to last post
  27. Pollination of soybeans

    Started by WLC, 12-22-2013 03:27 PM
    6 Pages
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    bushels, key bee
    • Replies: 110
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    01-22-2014, 09:05 AM Go to last post
  28. The Last Beekeeper

    Started by Barry, 12-08-2009 11:26 AM
    6 Pages
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    • Replies: 109
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    11-09-2012, 02:43 PM Go to last post
  29. Time to get nervous # 2

    Started by Honey-4-All, 12-30-2013 09:44 AM
    6 Pages
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    • Replies: 102
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    02-02-2014, 09:17 PM Go to last post
  30. Configuration of almond bee boxes

    Started by Duncan MacLeod, 10-20-2014 09:37 AM
    5 Pages
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    • Replies: 98
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    01-05-2015, 06:56 AM Go to last post
  31. Sad The do nots in beekeeping

    Started by The Honey Householder, 02-27-2010 05:32 AM
    5 Pages
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    • Replies: 97
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  32. Pollen sub & what's really in it

    Started by Keith Jarrett, 09-19-2008 08:59 AM
    5 Pages
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    • Replies: 95
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    02-02-2009, 10:48 PM Go to last post
  33. Sideliner Profitability Study

    Started by Specialkayme, 12-11-2014 03:28 PM
    5 Pages
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    • Replies: 95
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    01-15-2015, 07:47 PM Go to last post
  34. Beekeeping Business Planning - Can you make money in this business?

    Started by kallen1320, 09-08-2011 08:50 PM
    5 Pages
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    • Replies: 93
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    08-25-2012, 02:12 PM Go to last post
  35. Over wintering hives

    Started by Keith Jarrett, 12-24-2014 11:19 AM
    5 Pages
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    • Replies: 92
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  36. 1000 hives, how many acres?

    Started by CamWhite, 02-22-2010 11:29 AM
    5 Pages
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    • Replies: 91
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    04-04-2010, 01:33 AM Go to last post
  37. Is their a new way to treat mites?

    Started by Cabeekeeper, 04-04-2013 08:49 PM
    5 Pages
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    • Replies: 91
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    09-04-2013, 12:08 AM Go to last post
  38. Commercial and Sideline only- Why do you stay in the bees?

    Started by Kingfisher Apiaries, 01-06-2011 09:54 PM
    5 Pages
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    • Replies: 89
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    02-08-2011, 06:51 PM Go to last post
  39. Pumps for Sugar Syrup

    Started by Chef Isaac, 04-16-2009 05:23 PM
    5 Pages
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    • Replies: 88
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    04-28-2009, 04:56 PM Go to last post
  40. SueBee pros/cons?

    Started by Woodside, 08-24-2010 03:29 PM
    5 Pages
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    • Replies: 88
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    09-06-2010, 12:54 PM Go to last post
  41. What is Nosema and how can we control it?

    Started by Ian, 02-13-2015 08:27 AM
    5 Pages
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    • Replies: 88
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    02-24-2015, 10:41 PM Go to last post
  42. Flatbed Build Ideas

    Started by Sadler91, 11-12-2014 08:00 PM
    5 Pages
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    • Replies: 87
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    03-01-2015, 08:57 PM Go to last post
    • Replies: 86
    • Views: 5,612
    01-14-2014, 12:06 PM Go to last post
  43. Paramount Farms buying out beekeepers?

    Started by babybee, 07-15-2014 07:50 PM
    5 Pages
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    • Replies: 85
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    09-13-2014, 05:44 PM Go to last post
  44. Question PH levels in hive?

    Started by LSPender, 03-08-2009 08:43 PM
    5 Pages
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    • Replies: 84
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    03-17-2009, 12:16 AM Go to last post
  45. "You know you are a real beekeeper when..."

    Started by Allen Dick, 02-25-2010 08:49 AM
    5 Pages
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    • Replies: 84
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    03-15-2010, 04:03 PM Go to last post
  46. Bees ripped off?

    Started by Steelton Bee Man, 03-12-2009 01:31 PM
    5 Pages
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    • Replies: 83
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    04-04-2009, 07:18 AM Go to last post
  47. Honeybee Healthy

    Started by Chef Isaac, 04-09-2009 09:34 AM
    5 Pages
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    • Replies: 83
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    04-12-2011, 08:50 AM Go to last post
  48. Migratory lids

    Started by Father & Sons Apiary, 11-27-2013 04:17 PM
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  49. Inspiration to keep going

    Started by CWoods, 04-07-2014 07:48 AM
    5 Pages
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    commercial beekeeping, income, production
    • Replies: 82
    • Views: 8,481
    04-25-2014, 07:31 PM Go to last post
  50. How many colonies to be considered commercial?

    Started by BMAC, 04-19-2011 07:32 AM
    5 Pages
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    • Replies: 81
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    05-29-2011, 09:18 PM Go to last post
  51. Thumbs down Prices of Queen

    Started by The Honey Householder, 05-01-2009 08:47 PM
    5 Pages
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    • Replies: 80
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    05-16-2009, 11:17 PM Go to last post
  52. Growth on limited budget/ waiting on financing

    Started by JoshW, 10-25-2013 08:47 AM
    5 Pages
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    • Replies: 80
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    10-31-2013, 05:00 PM Go to last post
  53. Bee Forage Crude Protien and AA Breakdown

    Started by Ian, 01-16-2015 04:18 PM
    5 Pages
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    • Replies: 80
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    01-23-2015, 07:37 AM Go to last post
  54. Bees gone from hives CCD?

    Started by Sweet to the Soul, 10-27-2010 05:29 PM
    4 Pages
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    • Replies: 77
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    11-15-2010, 06:33 PM Go to last post
  55. Feeding during flow

    Started by Hevyduty, 05-22-2010 11:58 AM
    4 Pages
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    06-11-2010, 08:21 AM Go to last post
  56. Trailer Axel #'s for forklifts

    Started by EastSideBuzz, 11-04-2013 11:46 AM
    4 Pages
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    • Replies: 76
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    09-16-2014, 05:03 PM Go to last post
  57. Industrial Beekeeper

    Started by sqkcrk, 12-15-2013 10:34 AM
    4 Pages
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    • Replies: 76
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    12-30-2013, 09:28 AM Go to last post
  58. Starving singles in 2009 Almonds

    Started by Honey-4-All, 02-12-2009 12:04 AM
    4 Pages
    1 2 3 4
    almonds, cold weather, rain, starvation
    • Replies: 75
    • Views: 15,285
    03-30-2009, 03:54 PM Go to last post
  59. Question for Keith Jarrett

    Started by TwT, 11-27-2009 04:56 PM
    4 Pages
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    • Replies: 75
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    12-12-2009, 08:01 AM Go to last post
  60. Big Bad Bear Fencing

    Started by Skinner Apiaries, 05-25-2012 07:30 AM
    4 Pages
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    • Replies: 75
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    09-17-2013, 07:29 AM Go to last post
  61. Pollen Sub Formulations - Input?

    Started by JSL, 11-17-2012 08:25 AM
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    • Replies: 75
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    02-05-2014, 10:02 AM Go to last post
  62. Other Beekeepers putting Bees near your yards

    Started by Bradley_Bee, 06-28-2012 11:20 AM
    4 Pages
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    • Replies: 74
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    05-09-2014, 06:38 AM Go to last post
  63. FDA Food Safety Modernization Act Registration

    Started by sqkcrk, 10-16-2012 05:52 AM
    4 Pages
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    • Replies: 73
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    12-19-2012, 06:44 AM Go to last post
  64. uncapping for 100 hives

    Started by AstroBee, 06-28-2014 07:54 AM
    4 Pages
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    • Replies: 73
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    03-05-2015, 11:34 PM Go to last post
  65. Shortage of bees in almonds?

    Started by pahvantpiper, 01-25-2013 10:23 AM
    4 Pages
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    • Replies: 72
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    02-06-2013, 02:17 PM Go to last post
  66. Honey B Healthy question

    Started by LSPender, 08-14-2008 10:07 PM
    4 Pages
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    • Replies: 71
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    02-25-2009, 09:16 AM Go to last post
  67. 2010 honey production

    Started by The Honey Householder, 06-06-2010 06:09 PM
    4 Pages
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    • Replies: 71
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    09-26-2010, 10:24 PM Go to last post
  68. Business decision

    Started by Ben Little, 10-05-2014 11:33 AM
    4 Pages
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    • Replies: 70
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    10-25-2014, 03:22 PM Go to last post
  69. Cdl

    Started by Bens-Bees, 12-02-2009 10:17 PM
    4 Pages
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    • Replies: 69
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    08-17-2010, 04:43 PM Go to last post
  70. Can you make a living with Bees

    Started by Brooklyn, 12-30-2009 05:14 PM
    4 Pages
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    • Replies: 69
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    06-12-2012, 08:33 PM Go to last post
  71. Question almond pollination

    Started by bee_wrangler, 09-28-2008 07:22 AM
    4 Pages
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    • Replies: 68
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    11-01-2008, 02:53 PM Go to last post
  72. forklift vs skid steer

    Started by HVH, 06-19-2009 05:17 PM
    4 Pages
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    • Replies: 68
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    02-04-2010, 08:29 AM Go to last post
  73. Angry landowners

    Started by JoshW, 06-26-2014 03:02 PM
    4 Pages
    1 2 3 4
    • Replies: 68
    • Views: 5,379
    07-09-2014, 12:55 AM Go to last post

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