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  1. Re: Mite Count: What is considered "high" for those who do not want to treat?

    I understand your sentiments Joe but as a commercial guy with lots to lose I find that mite checks tells a lot about whether what we are doing is successful or a waste of time and money and it's...
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    Re: Is Carolina Jasmine toxic to honey bees?

    Yellow Jasmine is pretty common in much of east Texas. It blooms there in March and April and can lead to some brood death. Where it really can cause problems, though, is in queen cells where a...
  3. Thread: Queen castle?

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    Re: Queen castle?

    Good advice from Joe and Ray. The smaller you go, the less margin for error you have. Start with nice sized nucs and as your experience and skill level increases you can begin to test the limits.
  4. Re: Prairie Beekeepers Skip Fall And Dive Right Into Winter

    Wish I could make it this early. Still some first round to pull and another couple weeks of extracting ahead then second rounds on most, feeding and some hive prep. Be lucky to make it by the first...
  5. Re: Prairie Beekeepers Skip Fall And Dive Right Into Winter

    Let's hope the forecast for warmer weather this coming week holds true. Not sure I have ever seen a summer of poorer weather forecasting. We have come up dry on forecasts of heavy rain and seen...
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    Re: What is raw honey?

    Well actually it is "whose grammar". ;) Unless, of course you are attempting to personify the term.
    http://www.grammar-monster.com/easily_confused/whos_whose.htm
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    Re: What is raw honey?

    Proper grammar and word usage can make a big difference in a sentence.......the difference between feeling you're nuts and feeling your nuts. :D
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    Re: Tell me you don't bob your head to this.

    She's good Barry, no doubt......but nobody could sing errrrr perform a song like this lady.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkGUt4QYc08
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    Re: Newbees, Mediums and AFB -- a cautionary tale

    I'm not sure that is exactly correct. I only know pollen laden dark combs in a warm environment are the key ingredients of the "perfect storm" for attracting wax moth. They will readily consume all...
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    Re: Newbees, Mediums and AFB -- a cautionary tale

    Good observation Brian. Yes, wax moth are far more interested in dark comb containing pollen, particularly if stored in a hot environment. Absent pollen and in a cooler less conducive climate for...
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    Re: EFB Can they be saved?

    No, never burned efb but some seems to pop up most years and will usually go away just as quickly if/when forage conditions improve. If it seems debilitating mid summer we will treat individual...
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    Re: EFB Can they be saved?

    Good point Dan. Differentiating between efb and pms can be tricky as high mite loads can also be a stressor that can lead to efb. I don't claim to be an expert but when I see hives stressed with...
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    Re: Apiguard problem or Robbing or Both

    It might seem counter intuitive but I wouldn't do anything to encourage robbing......anywhere.
  14. Re: Experience with liquid Sevin dust and roundup

    As long as your nozzle is adjusted for a fairly coarse spray the chances of drift with roundup are almost nonexistent and it won't vaporize and drift in hot weather like 2-4D. While glyphosate won't...
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    Re: Newbees, Mediums and AFB -- a cautionary tale

    For what my opinion on this may be worth. If I were running just a few hundred hives or less I would not consider prophylactically treating unless I was aware of an outbreak of afb in close...
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    Re: Hopguard II and Hive Kills

    The 100+ package pricing (shipping included) I got was $34.80 per package of 24 strips. We are using the recommended 2 strips under the excluder in our excluded singles. 2 strips per each 10 frames...
  17. Thread: Freak Corn

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    Re: Freak Corn

    No, last years corn (or volunteer corn) is shorter and not very impressive looking at all. I have seen what you are referring to on occasion. I assume it to be some sort of irregularity in the...
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    Re: Newbees, Mediums and AFB -- a cautionary tale

    The first time I remember hearing the term "hygienic bees" was back in the 1970's when many (including us) were struggling with afb. Charles Mraz was developing and selling queens that he billed as...
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    Re: Newbees, Mediums and AFB -- a cautionary tale

    Did I say that is what I do? ;). Whether I do or whether I don't, though, is a moot point. What is relevant is that it's a commonly accepted commercial practice, that tm has been used for decades...
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    Re: Newbees, Mediums and AFB -- a cautionary tale

    An operation running thousands of hives is hardly analogous to a human choosing to take an antibiotic for no apparent reason. In commercial beekeeping you spend precious little time on each hive and...
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    Re: Newbees, Mediums and AFB -- a cautionary tale

    40 years ago afb was quite common if not rampant in some areas and not everyone dealt with it by burning hives. Pretty much every commercial operation I know of uses antibiotics prophylactically at...
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    Re: How big is your honey house?

    Yes, I agree. I have a 12' ceiling in the extracting room and it works perfectly for our purposes. Stacking honey drums 3 high works nicely with a 12' ceiling as well. Warehouse storage of supers...
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    Re: How big is your honey house?

    Good point. Vertical gives better bang for the buck as concrete is expensive. A good used warehouse forklift can be purchased for $5,000. We just added a 4800 sq. ft. addition and went with 14'...
  24. Re: Why would workers ball young queen in a nuke?

    It's one of the oddities of "beehavior". Seems like an inspection when a new queen is just getting established can, on occasion, trigger an event like this and the reason most experienced beekeepers...
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    Re: Flat deck ford truck

    If your hives are averaging 150kg then I would think a 19,500 gvw truck wouldn't be adequate. We have on occasion hauled as much as 5500 kg. on ours but I wouldn't recommend making a practice of...
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