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    Re: Bad Commercial Beeks

    [QUOTE=jim lyon;1169690]http://www.gccga.com/ELAP%202014%20Farm%20Bill.pdf
    I think ELAP is well intentioned. As with pretty much all of these types of programs the biggest share tends to go to...
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    Re: Bad Commercial Beeks

    [QUOTE=broodhead;1169108]Bingo, we have a winner!!! Yes the good ole ELAP program where you cannot lose, the good ole taxpayer stuffs your pocket with cash.

    This ELAP program is just happening now...
  3. Thread: Melter honey

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    Re: Melter honey

    How much is black melter honey worth?
  4. Re: Prairie Beekeepers Skip Fall And Dive Right Into Winter

    We are in the same spot as you guys, should finish the last 20 yards of the first round this week. If its warm like they say.
    I am gonna try to get some bees down there early October and see how...
  5. Re: Prairie Beekeepers Skip Fall And Dive Right Into Winter

    Yes Jim I will second that. Makes planning a week or even a few days very difficult. Sunny and 79 ends up being rainy and 67.

    Looks like huge golden rod flow in east texas starting in a few...
  6. Big News. Front page Sunday paper. http://www.startribune.com/local/274006381.html?si

    http://www.startribune.com/local/274006381.html?site=full

    its a 3 part series and the link is the 3rd.

    very good read.
  7. Re: Canadian prairie and northern US honey crop outlook

    Pretty horrible honey crop here in MN. Not a complete disaster. 55-60 lb average.
    Bees have more mites then this time last year.
    Farmers have been spraying for aphids like crazy for the last few...
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    Re: Trailer Axel #'s for forklifts

    Felling trailers make very nice trailers and are very very reasonable in price.

    felling.com
  9. Thread: Money Crop

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    Re: Money Crop

    honey is the big money maker. Our goal is to survive on honey alone. and anything else(queens, nucs, almonds, apples, wax) is extra. Does not always work that way because I spill so much honey on the...
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    Re: Large scale Nuc production

    how do you winter the bees?
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    Re: Closed to the public?

    Hey Harry what about the bee yards you have? What if those people were as anal as you? Having people come to your farm is annoying sometimes, but when people come out and you give them the time of...
  12. Thread: Mating queens

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    Re: Mating queens

    15 days is pretty good. I have found that if she has not starting laying after 15-18 days shes not going to be any good so pinch her off and add some more young bees if needed and a new cell. i also...
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    Re: Heat exchanger temp setting

    i have run it with out water many times and still works. Yes the water is a bit excessive but we have a floor drain about 3 feet down grade from the separator so any water seeps out of the wax pile...
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    Re: Heat exchanger temp setting

    I keep the water running though the exchanger at about 120 f sometimes less.
    when the honey is the right temp you can here it slapping against the walls of separator to much slapping is not good...
  15. Thread: Chalk Brood

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    Re: Chalk Brood

    Keep your bottom boards clean, transfer a frame of fresh nectar, they should brood out of it.
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    Re: beekeeper pay scale?

    experienced is a broad term. If you expect someone to really know what they are doing you had better pay them a lot more than 15.
    As Jim said earlier salary is the only way to go if you really need...
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    Re: Help make the call.

    I call exaggeration and BS. who sends 1300 packages ups? sounds like a tall tail. why would they bees die?
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    Re: Inspiration to keep going

    That maybe true, but commercial beekeeping is not comparable to any of those things, as a matter a fact its so unique i wouldn't compare it to any other business.
    How would Barry Know? Is he a...
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    Re: Inspiration to keep going

    yea you cant be successful unless you have quick-books and good ledgers. The business thing is the last thing you need to worry about.
    That will come when it needs to because it has to.

    Keeping...
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    Re: Polar Vortex states

    Duluth,MN coldest place possible this winter. i wrapped my hives with shrink wrap last week in october 2013. never looked at them again until yesterday and they look awesome. wintered in 3 deeps. 4th...
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    Re: Should we try pollinating?

    there are a lot of bees in scott county so make sure you dont place hives right on top of someone. i personally have 50+ yards. And there are other commercials there also.
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    Re: Early release from Almonds?

    Early release from almonds............ Any one?
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    Re: Should I become a commercial beekeeper?

    I would never expose my spouse to this wild life. There is no time for chivalry in the bee yard.
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    Re: Almond polination pics

    I see your feeding. Are the bees bringing in some almond nectar???
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    Re: apple Pollination

    I also pollinate apples on a sort of large scale and i charge $70. Dont under cut yourself with price. Plan the bees being there at least 3 weeks. It doesnt hurt, lots of dandilions in apple...
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