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    Re: My Bees Got Sprayed This Morning

    I know from first hand experience that Organophosphates will pile up dead bees in front of the hive.

    Pyrethroids will kill the foragers in the field. Most won't even make it back to the hive.
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    My Bees Got Sprayed This Morning

    I went outside this morning and smelled something in the air. A few minutes later I heard a spray rig spin up. My neighbor was spraying his almonds. The thing is I have 50 hives on the dirt road...
  3. Re: This is not good for commercial beekeepers.

    Some of my neighbors have planted Independence almonds, and so far this new variety looks very promising. From what I have seen they produce heavy crops. It is a large soft shell “premium nut” that...
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    Re: almonds

    50 to 80k new a acres coming on line this year? No way!

    Because of drought and low prices new almond land being planted has been less than 30,000 acres per year since 2007. You also have to...
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    Re: dutch clover

    The entire floor of my orchard is Dutch clover. It starts blooming around the 1st of May here in central California and is producing lots of flowers in June. I have found clover to be the perfect...
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    Sticky: Re: Pollination prices

    There is an ad in the Modesto Bee for bees at $145. At these prices I am sure glad I am using my own bees for pollinating my almonds.

    The last two years I had huge winter losses (over 50%) and had...
  7. Re: Mowing around your hives. How do you do it?

    I mow around the hives with this:

    http://geocities.com/sdampier@sbcglobal.net/Team_Camaro/Mower-005.jpg

    The first pass is never a problem. On the second pass they are ready for me. I hold my...
  8. Re: All natural weed killer (say no to Round-Up)

    I use Gramoxone (Paraquat) and Goal (Oxyflurofen) to burn down weeds in the almonds in late winter along with Simazine and Surflan (Oryzalin) for pre-emergence control which lasts for several months....
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    Re: Smoker fuels

    The San Joaquin Air Pollution Control District is eliminating the long time practice of burning almond brush from pruning. For the last several years I have been shredding the brush in the orchard...
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    Varroa attractant?

    I found this in the Western Farm Press:



    This sounds promising to me. What say ye?
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    Last fall I had 65 strong hives. Of those I only...

    Last fall I had 65 strong hives. Of those I only have 22 left alive and all but 5 are dinks. My winter losses are worse than last year but the dead outs look the same, heavy with honey but no bees....
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    I paid $125 plus $3 to the broker last week....

    I paid $125 plus $3 to the broker last week. There are 4 ads in the Modesto Bee classifieds this morning with two of them listing strong hives at $140.

    [ February 24, 2007, 12:00 PM: Message...
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    Hopefully we will get some good weather today....

    Hopefully we will get some good weather today. Growers are thinking about their second fungicide spray with more unsettled weather predicted for the first part of next week. The bulk of the main...
  14. Under a pilot program, apiary shipments could be...

    Under a pilot program, apiary shipments could be inspected and issued certification from a regulatory official in the beekeeper's state of origin prior to departure, which would expedite inspections...
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    I sure wouldnÂ’t want Mexican hives in my...

    I sure wouldnÂ’t want Mexican hives in my orchard. Not only would the AHB be difficult to farm around, but I imagine they would be poor almond pollinators as well. Overnight temperatures in...
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    As always supply and demand will set the price of...

    As always supply and demand will set the price of hive rental. Almond acreage will be up only slightly in 2006. Bearing almond acreage will increase dramatically in 2007-08 and demand for good hives...
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    I know that railroad. In its final years one...

    I know that railroad. In its final years one train a day would run a load of chicken feed to Foster Farms chicken plant in Livingston, CA. The train crews were pretty laid back. They used to unhook...
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    From your description it sounds to me like your...

    From your description it sounds to me like your first hive starved to death.

    A strong hive will keep the wax worms out. My advice to you is to keep this new hive as healthy as you can (well...
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    Jon McFadden replied I have put in many of hour...

    Jon McFadden replied I have put in many of hour out in an almond orchard on a hot September day hitting the almond trees with a mallet to knock the almonds to the ground for harvest. The almonds and...
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    Sundance - The problem is almond and peach...

    Sundance - The problem is almond and peach growers dormant (Winter) spray their orchards in January. ItÂ’s sickening to have a massive bee kill just before the almond bloom because a neighbor sprayed...
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    Thanks for the words of welcome. I have been...

    Thanks for the words of welcome. I have been searching through the old posts in this forum and I am impressed! There is a wealth of good beekeeping information to be found here.

    tecumseh - I am in...
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    This is my first post to this group so I would...

    This is my first post to this group so I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Steve Dampier and I have been an almond grower for 28 years. In 1992 I was given my first...
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