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    Sticky: Re: Bulk honey prices and market outlook

    Sask. company now exporting honey to China.

    "Nipawin’s iconic sweetness could soon be getting some shelf space in China.

    One of Nipawin’s biggest exports, ice honey, is being shipped off across...
  2. Thread: Chilean Queens

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    Re: Chilean Queens

    We have used Chilean for several years and found them to be very good queens. Temperament and honey production with them are very good.
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    Re: Canola polination

    There are several studies on the benefits of bees and the pollination of canola. Shelly Hoover's results show as little as a 5% increase in some of her work. The results are all over the map. But...
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    Re: Canola polination

    Canola grown for oil production in the prairies is self pollinating and will gain very little from bee pollination. The beekeeper is the one who gets the benefit.
  5. Re: Post your pic on how you heat your drum of honey!

    Here is our melter
  6. Re: Post your pic on how you heat your drum of honey!

    We had a drum built we can set a barrel in. The drum has baffles on the bottom to set the barrel on. A heating element heats the water that will come about half way up the barrel. In about 10 to 12...
  7. Thread: Smoker Fuel

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    Re: Smoker Fuel

    This is what we use only we get the cedar shavings. If you have to breath a bit of smoke in you cannot beat the smell of cedar.
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    Re: New extracting line

    We were told by the food inspection people that they did not want to see in floor sumps.
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    Re: Western Canada Honey Production Progress

    We did a small pull last weekend. We are in the Southeast corner with moisture to spare. There is a lot of honey but it needs a couple of weeks to get on with the capping. Canola is just started...
  10. Thread: April splits

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    Re: April splits

    We winter outside in two deeps. For splits we shake bees off two frames of brood, put an excluder on and move the two frames onto a 3rd super above the excluder. We then add two more frames. Next day...
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    Re: snow bound hives/locations

    Our hives are still wrapped but were have been feeding heavy for about 3 weeks. This early spring with no flowers for nectar has used a lot of feed. The poplars and willows have been giving up pollen...
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    Re: snow bound hives/locations

    Do you have top entrances? If so why not plow enough snow to use for open feeding syrup and pollen in the yards. We have had to do this before. Right now our snow is gone. They are using syrup but...
  13. Thread: winters grasp

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    Re: winters grasp

    We have spring weather here. We have pollen feeders out and started feeding syrup in a couple of yards. Snow is gone so it is easy getting around.
  14. Thread: Taylor Queens

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    Re: Taylor Queens

    We get our queens through Bee Maid Honey Coop. We have a standing order with them so we get the same number every spring. I am not sure of all the producers they use. I believe Nunez and Pacific are...
  15. Thread: Taylor Queens

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    Re: Taylor Queens

    We winter everything outside. Last winter was the coldest on record. Our losses run from 6% in the best yards to 15% in the worst yard. We have been using the Chile queens for early splits for 5 or 6...
  16. Thread: Taylor Queens

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    Re: Taylor Queens

    We use Chileans every year for our early splits. They have been excellent producers for us. We have had far better results from those than the California ones.
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    Re: Canadian effects of exchange rates

    Not to sure about the Dakotas having as many bees as all of Canada .If so they have a lot of lazy bees. North Dakota produce about 34, 000,000 lbs. of honey Alberta alone produces over 40,000,000...
  18. Re: Manitoba Beekeepers Association's “White Paper” document

    Manitoba must use a different calendar than the rest of us or else this is huge leap year.
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    Re: Preheating honey for finer filtration

    Why not use a water jacketed bottling tank? It would heat faster.
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    Re: Oxalic drizzle in winter

    Check Beemaid honey in Winnipeg. We are using 4 at a time on about 500 hives. We are looking at a unit that will work on a commercial basis right now. It is run off a generator and air compressor and...
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    Re: Oxalic drizzle in winter

    We do our bees in late Oct and early Nov. As far as temperature it can be as cold as you can stand. Our temps are usually in the minus range. Main thing is to leave the hives until there is no brood...
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    Re: Oxalic drizzle in winter

    We used the drizzle for a couple of years, then switched to vapour. We have found it much more effective. Our winter losses dropped from 25 to 30 percent to the 12 to 15 percent range. We also...
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    Re: Best Forklift for all around Apiary usage?

    Anybody here use a Ghel articulated loader?
    http://www.gehl.com/equipment/articulated-loaders
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    Re: Thermal Image Gun

    I use an infrared thermometer from time to time. Our bees winter outside. I just shoot the beam through the upper entrance. The stronger hives give a higher inside temperature reading. The ones that...
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    Poll: Re: Bees, lies and evidence-based policy

    No BS. Check the facts. That is what we are subsidised here under Sask. Crop Insurance. Well you are at it check out the Ag Stability program and see how much we are subsidised under that. As well as...
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