First Pumpkin Pollination Job
I'm a sideline/hobby guy with 50 hives in Southern Illinois.
I have a few bees on long term (all summer) pollination (fruit and veggi producer) and they are doing well.
I am scheduled to do a small pumpkin job with 10 hives starting in late July. Having read the general comments, I understand I will be looking at bees not in top form when they come back to me.
Any tips about hive placement before and after the grower sprays Sevin? Any general tips from you beeks who have learned some costly lessons that I want to avoid?
Summer pollination is usually real hard on the bees
The grwoer can do what's called chemigation and is not required to notify you because the pesticide is being applied through the water.
I suggest an alternate plan like wildflower honey.
I know of a beekeeper that lost a lot of hives in watermelon pollination. He did not know that the grower used chemigation until late in the season.