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    Re: Economists Take on CCD

    Duplicate.
  2. Re: Mann Lake just purchased 35,000 tons of sugar (USDA auction)

    Looking at the loan rates, beet sugar is 5 cents higher than raw cane sugar in 2008. Recently they set it at 128% of raw cane sugar. So...It's not the shipping. Refined beet sugar is just worth...
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    Re: Latest varroa cure by BAYER

    I think one of the first prototypes was just a checkmite strip with a bunch of holes drilled in it. The idea isn't so much about a new chemical, it's about a better way to apply whatever the...
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    Re: standard mating box frames?

    Mann Lake sells exactly what you describe in your first post.
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    Re: Something needs to change - looking for suggestions

    It's a survey of beekeepers perception of what happened, not an independent measurement. Voluntary instead of being done at random. It's apples to oranges. It has value. But it is a very...
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    Re: Something needs to change - looking for suggestions

    Yes. TF is totally fine. Do as you see fit. Absolutely. I hope I didn't imply otherwise. I'm just saying a survey is not a scientific test of treatment vs TF.
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    Re: Something needs to change - looking for suggestions

    Studies are a messy bunch of data. Sometimes(always) comparing apples to oranges. You can not tease out head-to-head comparison data from a survey that didn't do a head-to-head trial. It's just...
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    Re: Canada Border To Remain Closed…Probably.

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    'Very few below the 49th seem to care and those above 49 seem to have a strong desire to maintain their protectionist policies in the face of economic logic.'

    That hit the nail on the...
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    Re: Canada Border To Remain Closed…Probably.

    I have locations just south of the boarder, so I'm unlikely to cross over. I imagine it would work much like ND has for the past 10-15 years. West coast guys would find ND beekeepers that would...
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    Re: Canada Border To Remain Closed…Probably.

    I got what you meant. I do understand the concerns. All due respect inteneded for our brothers up north.
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    Re: Canada Border To Remain Closed…Probably.

    Thanks Jim.

    You're absolutely right. Things have to be RIGHT. And it only lasts a short time. I wanted to demonstrate how/why some guys can afford to skip almonds.

    There was also a lot...
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    Re: Canada Border To Remain Closed…Probably.

    That may have been a short window opened by mistake. It happened right when Canada started accepting queens again.
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    Re: Canada Border To Remain Closed…Probably.

    It was open to bees on comb headed south in 2001 or near then. I bought some.
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    Re: Canada Border To Remain Closed…Probably.

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    It was two and a half weeks of timely terrible spring weather that killed off our bee stock this past year. Nobody escaped it.

    This type of thing is painful to watch. Bees are...
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    Re: Canada Border To Remain Closed…Probably.

    Hi Ian

    Yes I promise. Nothing to be found south of the boarder except good living and easy money.

    Mites are the same. No mean bees, you already have our queens. Foul brood has never...
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    Re: Emerging Queen Cages

    Most extra cells are thrown away. Mainly because it is far worse to end up with too few cells. But if you can't help yourself, the wooden CA mini cages fit very well on the end of a cell.
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    Re: Queen rearing: 100 per month

    I meant you lose the whole 5 framer after being queenless for 21 days. It's a big box full of crabby old bees with no brood. Even when it works the hive is without eggs/larva 2 out of every 3...
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    Re: Growth on limited budget/ waiting on financing

    I see the math. I'd place my $2 bet on splitting 10 hives into 20 and getting a big crop is a lot more likely than turning 1/2 the brood from 10 hives into 60 nucs.

    That's equal to having 5...
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    Re: Growth on limited budget/ waiting on financing

    An alternate plan. Split your hives for optimal honey production, not hive count. You will turn a profit that can be used to buy bees next spring. 150-200lbs X $4 = $600-$800 per hive. That...
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    Re: Queen rearing: 100 per month

    I'd like to second what broke t said. When a cell doesn't produce a queen in a small mating nuc, it is a tolerable event. But losing 5-30% of your 5 frame hives every 3 weeks is painful. In my...
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    Re: Tote immersion heater

    You do need to tie/suspend/fix the heater so it doesn't touch the bottom of the poly tank. Zip ties, rope or whatever on the cord. It's easy.

    There should be no issue with overheating the...
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    Re: Tote immersion heater

    You do need to tie/suspend/fix the heater so it doesn't touch the bottom of the poly tank. Zip ties, rope or whatever on the cord. It's easy.

    There should be no issue with overheating the...
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    Re: Tote immersion heater

    Yep the bucket heaters shown by Rainesridge work great. Mann lake sells them also. Yes you may need more than one depending on conditions.

    The one listed from Dadant has to be threaded into a...
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    Re: Sideliners and commercial beeks beware

    I get that Canada uses spray. My point is/was too many beekeepers with too many bees is more of a problem than spray at times.

    Any desire to move to Canada would be to get away from other bee...
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    Re: Sideliners and commercial beeks beware

    OK Ian I'll bite. What did you do?

    I'll tell you what I did. I told all my farmers to spray what you want, when you want to, and don't mess with calling me anymore.

    Limited bee locations...
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