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Forum: Commercial Beekeeping

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 09:33 AM
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  2. Sticky Thread Sticky: Pollination prices

    Started by Bens-Bees, 12-03-2009 09:45 PM
    16 Pages
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    • Replies: 315
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  3. 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 10:29 AM
    43 Pages
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  2. Running two queen colonies

    Started by matt1954, 01-03-2015 09:43 AM
    9 Pages
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    • Replies: 163
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    01-24-2017, 11:00 PM Go to last post
  3. 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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  4. 2012 Dieback Already?

    Started by sqkcrk, 11-10-2012 08:40 AM
    17 Pages
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    • Replies: 327
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    01-06-2013, 03:02 PM Go to last post
  5. 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: 211
    • Views: 75,275
    02-10-2016, 07:26 AM Go to last post
  6. Protein Patty recipe

    Started by Ian, 11-01-2015 10:47 PM
    14 Pages
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    • Replies: 277
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    01-12-2017, 11:35 PM Go to last post
  7. Beekeeping Business Planning - Can you make money in this business?

    Started by kallen1320, 09-08-2011 08:50 PM
    6 Pages
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    • Replies: 107
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    03-03-2017, 02:37 PM Go to last post
  8. Can you make a living with Bees

    Started by Brooklyn, 12-30-2009 06:14 PM
    4 Pages
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    • Replies: 69
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    06-12-2012, 08:33 PM Go to last post
  9. Big Grin How do you get 180-200 lbs of honey per hive??

    Started by Mrmizilplix, 08-16-2010 06:33 PM
    8 Pages
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    • Replies: 147
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    11-02-2015, 10:35 AM Go to last post
  10. Super DFM - Honeybees

    Started by Ian, 12-12-2014 08:42 AM
    16 Pages
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    • Replies: 309
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    04-30-2017, 11:17 AM Go to last post
  11. sqkcrk goes south for Winter 2015-16

    Started by sqkcrk, 10-28-2015 08:25 PM
    17 Pages
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    • Replies: 332
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    03-24-2016, 05:45 PM Go to last post
  12. Anybody Using the vmvaporizer to treat for mites?

    Started by Chip Euliss, 07-01-2015 08:06 AM
    12 Pages
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    • Replies: 229
    • Views: 58,778
    09-04-2016, 04:26 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. Bobcat with forklift mast, or without, vs Hummerbee!!!!!!!!

    Started by BoTBees, 02-29-2012 07:11 PM
    8 Pages
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    • Replies: 147
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    01-20-2013, 12:52 PM Go to last post
  15. Southbound 2012

    Started by sqkcrk, 11-21-2012 02:37 PM
    10 Pages
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    • Replies: 192
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    11-21-2016, 06:58 PM Go to last post
  16. Oxalic, Glycerin, Shop Towels - a promising stopgap flyswatter

    Started by Ian, 01-11-2017 08:56 AM
    22 Pages
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    • Replies: 434
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    05-08-2017, 10:07 PM Go to last post
  17. People actually make a living with honey production??

    Started by jwhiteker, 11-05-2014 01:05 PM
    12 Pages
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    • Replies: 220
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    03-11-2015, 05:03 PM Go to last post
  18. Poll Poll: Bees, lies and evidence-based policy

    Started by Ian, 10-05-2014 07:42 PM
    21 Pages
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    • Replies: 416
    • Views: 45,282
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  19. Honey House

    Started by Ben Little, 07-16-2013 09:59 AM
    9 Pages
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    • Replies: 170
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    06-26-2016, 06:35 AM Go to last post
  20. Poster Child

    Started by Ian, 01-23-2016 08:44 AM
    15 Pages
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    • Replies: 293
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    01-31-2016, 07:44 AM Go to last post
  21. International 4300 vs Freightliner M2

    Started by HVH, 12-06-2010 06:15 PM
    2 Pages
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    • Replies: 31
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    12-22-2010, 11:12 AM Go to last post
  22. 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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  23. Youngster trying to make a go

    Started by Beekkirk, 11-11-2015 06:00 AM
    6 Pages
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    • Replies: 108
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    07-12-2016, 04:12 PM Go to last post
  24. VM Vaporizer

    Started by Ian, 10-16-2016 07:49 PM
    12 Pages
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    • Replies: 220
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    12-29-2016, 05:18 PM Go to last post
  25. Truck Mounted Cranes

    Started by LSBees, 10-18-2010 03:36 PM
    3 Pages
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    • Replies: 59
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    06-15-2016, 05:46 AM Go to last post
  26. 1000 hives, how many acres?

    Started by CamWhite, 02-22-2010 12:29 PM
    5 Pages
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    • Replies: 91
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    04-04-2010, 01:33 AM Go to last post
  27. 6F nucs for honey production

    Started by Cristian, 07-19-2016 02:33 PM
    4 Pages
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    • Replies: 77
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  28. worst winter ever?

    Started by camero7, 03-02-2013 03:13 PM
    6 Pages
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    • Replies: 117
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    04-10-2013, 03:03 PM Go to last post
  29. Per Hive Income

    Started by sqkcrk, 09-18-2009 09:20 AM
    2 Pages
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    10-12-2009, 05:33 PM Go to last post
  30. Do honeybees pollinate grape vines?

    Started by mswaf100, 11-16-2009 07:28 PM
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    11-09-2012, 03:43 PM Go to last post
  31. Feeding Sub Response

    Started by JSL, 12-18-2014 09:35 AM
    8 Pages
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    • Replies: 148
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    06-10-2015, 02:34 PM Go to last post
  32. Flatbed Build Ideas

    Started by Sadler91, 11-12-2014 09:00 PM
    6 Pages
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    • Replies: 104
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    01-22-2016, 06:39 AM Go to last post
  33. bees shortage in almonds

    Started by suttonbeeman, 12-06-2009 09:48 AM
    8 Pages
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    • Replies: 146
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    02-28-2010, 12:13 PM Go to last post
  34. Nosema spore counts this fall

    Started by Ian, 10-03-2014 07:08 AM
    8 Pages
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    • Replies: 157
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    04-27-2016, 07:28 AM Go to last post
  35. Building Commercial Migratory Pallets, with Pallet Plans

    Started by DC Honeybees, 01-27-2013 08:36 PM
    4 Pages
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    • Replies: 67
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    06-20-2016, 01:10 AM Go to last post
  36. Indoor wintering

    Started by Ian, 12-11-2013 02:20 PM
    9 Pages
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    • Replies: 173
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    04-21-2014, 10:06 PM Go to last post
  37. uncapping for 100 hives

    Started by AstroBee, 06-28-2014 07:54 AM
    5 Pages
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    • Replies: 84
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    08-17-2016, 04:25 PM Go to last post
  38. Paramount Farms buys out Headwater Honey (David Mendes)

    Started by JWChesnut, 02-02-2015 09:22 PM
    4 Pages
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    • Replies: 72
    • Views: 28,997
    03-04-2016, 10:02 PM Go to last post
  39. Pollen Sub Formulations - Input?

    Started by JSL, 11-17-2012 09:25 AM
    4 Pages
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    • Replies: 75
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    02-05-2014, 11:02 AM Go to last post
  40. $1.75 Honey

    Started by sqkcrk, 09-15-2008 04:55 PM
    6 Pages
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    • Replies: 105
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    01-28-2016, 09:27 AM Go to last post
  41. 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
  42. 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
  43. Time to get nervous # 2

    Started by Honey-4-All, 12-30-2013 10:44 AM
    6 Pages
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    • Replies: 102
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    02-02-2014, 10:17 PM Go to last post
  44. 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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  45. 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
  46. beekeeper pay scale?

    Started by csalt09, 05-05-2014 09:23 PM
    7 Pages
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    • Replies: 133
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  47. Thumbs Up Show & Tell Time

    Started by HarryVanderpool, 06-17-2016 08:21 PM
    3 Pages
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    • Replies: 59
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    11-06-2016, 03:13 AM Go to last post
  48. Truck Scales - under 26K GVWR

    Started by HVH, 01-23-2011 05:39 PM
    3 Pages
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    • Replies: 57
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    03-06-2013, 06:09 PM Go to last post
  49. Lots of bees in Cali????

    Started by simplyhoney, 01-13-2009 08:23 AM
    6 Pages
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    • Replies: 113
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    01-31-2009, 09:16 PM Go to last post
  50. 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
  51. 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
  52. Sad The do nots in beekeeping

    Started by The Honey Householder, 02-27-2010 06:32 AM
    5 Pages
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    • Replies: 97
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    02-12-2015, 10:17 PM Go to last post
  53. Commercial and Sideline only- Why do you stay in the bees?

    Started by Kingfisher Apiaries, 01-06-2011 10:54 PM
    5 Pages
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    • Replies: 89
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    02-08-2011, 07:51 PM Go to last post
  54. Pattie supplements

    Started by Ian, 01-06-2015 02:41 PM
    7 Pages
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    • Replies: 139
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    03-09-2015, 07:35 AM Go to last post
  55. 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
  56. 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
  57. 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, 07:44 AM Go to last post
  58. 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
  59. The Last Beekeeper

    Started by Barry, 12-08-2009 12:26 PM
    6 Pages
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    • Replies: 109
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    02-03-2010, 02:27 PM Go to last post
  60. Hive body assembly??

    Started by Billy Joe Adair, 11-23-2012 09:05 AM
    3 Pages
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    • Replies: 41
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    03-11-2013, 12:52 AM Go to last post
  61. 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, 10:16 AM Go to last post
  62. Chalk Brood, how to treat?

    Started by LSPender, 03-07-2009 07:55 PM
    2 Pages
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  63. Bee Truck

    Started by michael-bees, 09-25-2009 07:58 PM
    4 Pages
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    • Replies: 67
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    10-28-2009, 02:38 PM Go to last post
  64. 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
  65. Wintergreen Grease Patty

    Started by Matt Beekman, 10-07-2008 08:49 AM
    • Replies: 12
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    01-21-2011, 12:57 AM Go to last post
  66. 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
  67. Starving singles in 2009 Almonds

    Started by Honey-4-All, 02-12-2009 01:04 AM
    4 Pages
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    almonds, cold weather, rain, starvation
    • Replies: 75
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    03-30-2009, 03:54 PM Go to last post
  68. Salt water swimming pools

    Started by loggermike, 07-01-2011 06:43 PM
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    03-14-2012, 09:32 AM Go to last post
  69. Honey Bee Imports From Australia May Be Banned

    Started by loggermike, 09-23-2010 01:43 PM
    3 Pages
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    • Replies: 50
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    11-25-2010, 09:34 AM Go to last post
  70. Paramount Farms buying out beekeepers?

    Started by babybee, 07-15-2014 07:50 PM
    5 Pages
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    • Replies: 85
    • Views: 19,843
    09-13-2014, 05:44 PM Go to last post
  71. Farm plates

    Started by jeff123fish, 02-16-2010 08:02 PM
    • Replies: 12
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  72. Syrup Pump and IBC Tote

    Started by MTN-Bees, 09-16-2016 02:39 PM
    4 Pages
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    • Replies: 69
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    01-19-2017, 06:47 PM Go to last post
  73. Spin Float Seperators

    Started by Ian, 10-07-2012 07:47 PM
    4 Pages
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    • Replies: 62
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    02-28-2015, 10:12 PM Go to last post
  74. 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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