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    Re: Failing Queens

    Jodie, I believe that the issue of queens simply disappearing is a sign of the times. I has been going on for a few years now. Queens disappear no efforts made by the bees to supercede. Big bummer....
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    Re: Canola picture

    At $2.40/lb Canadian and 130-140 pounds to be had on an average year I would say that it is pretty desirable. Could be more this year as seeding was spread over a 2-3 week period on account of rains....
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    Re: Paramount Farms buying out beekeepers?

    This will be interesting and likely good for the industry. Keith is right on in this situation. It will take a few years for this to work itself out. They may come to realize that it costs much more...
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    Re: shipping container for super storage

    We have had comb melt. Only the top layer will melt that is the 9th deep can melt. They do sweat a considerable amount. That can be diminished by making screened cross vents. I like them they are...
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    Re: Canola Flow in Dakotas?

    I think your math is off. Suppose you took 6000 hives. That means it took 6 hives to make a drum. A drum is 620-650 pounds. Basically a little better than 100 pounds per hive. Reasonable money......
  6. Thread: Acorn frames

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    Re: Acorn frames

    A is for Acorn would be my guess.

    Jean-Marc
  7. Re: Questions for the Canuck prairie / peace river folks

    Good idea to get the property into shape. You spent a pretty penny acquiring it... now just a few more and you can use the place for years to come with one of its' intended purposes. Hmmm makes me...
  8. Thread: Grafting

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    Re: Grafting

    Nope. Feed cell builders and breeder queen hives Caspian solution. The larvae are swimming in jelly. No need to prime or any advantage I could see. As is there is some leftover jelly that the...
  9. Re: Do Commercial guys treat for Tracheal mites?

    Anybody using formic acid is whether they want to or not. Same can be said with products that contain thymol.

    Jean-Marc
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    Re: Blueberry pollination time !!

    Ben:

    We face that same situation. Too many fires today too worry about 2 weeks down the road. So I focus on fire number one until that is dealt with then number two, later number three. Sure...
  11. Re: Just when you thought you have seen everything!

    Interesting. Sometimes I see the bees raise cells in the JZBZ queen cups that were left on comb from the previous season. Pheromones, gotta love em.

    Jean-Marc
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    Re: Blueberry pollination time !!

    Are talking about 150 pounds of honey per average like many prairie guys get? I do not think so. I think in your area it may be more like 60-80. If at $2.50/lb cdn like many are talking about, that...
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    Re: Blueberry pollination time !!

    Would I do a double pollination? Hmmm, well heck of course. This is my area of expertise. Take the cash, put them on the truck and bring them there. Feed them if need be. If they don't really need...
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    2 nd annual Auction sale in Brandon

    Anybody going to the auction? With bees for sale? Or with intent on perhaps buying? Seems to me demand will be high. Honey prices are good, winter was hard and spring has yet to come in Manitoba....
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    Re: Winter losses ?

    As an outsider looking in on Will, I would say luck or jinx have little to do with the situation. To me you hit the nail on the head when you mentioned your mite situation. As far as we know Apivar...
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    Re: Help make the call.

    However in this business ca$h is King as in most. When opportunities arise, I think it is time to go for them. Sounds like Phil has it under control. Soon April 2014 will be a thing of the past...
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    Re: U.S./Canadian honeybee open border issues

    Dominic

    Do you really want to know why Newfoundland does not produce a whole bunch of nucs? Well, they don"t call it the rock for nothing. Perhaps it has to do something with the fact that there...
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    Re: Help make the call.

    Tick tock tick tock, so whatcha gonna do H4A? Inquiring/curious minds want to know? Oh and Mr Johnson I know H4A from this site, would love to shake his hand and collect my prize but I have yet to...
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    Re: U.S./Canadian honeybee open border issues

    Yup Ian, that is the challenge. Figuring out which direction you want to go. Then just go in that direction and then you can second guess that decision all summer and winter long. Lots of advice...
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    Re: Help make the call.

    Phil is not talking about June packages. He has the queens in the bank. Just needs to shake bees to make up the packages. His concern are the travel risks. Essentially if he pulls it off he is a...
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    Re: U.S./Canadian honeybee open border issues

    For once I agree with WLC. There is a market for bees in the U.S.A. I guess many of you have forgotten about Aussie bees being shipped to California. Trust me they were over $15/lb. That market was...
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    Re: U.S./Canadian honeybee open border issues

    WLC:

    I do not think there is much of a fall honey flow in Northern California. The only one I am aware of is the Cargill plant. Comes delivered on 18 wheels. There are many prairie beekeepers who...
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    Re: Inspiration to keep going

    Prairies guys will be happy to replace winter losses. Not too many planning to sell them back south. Too much work. Few have the experience. It is not impossible to learn, but who does it now....
  24. Re: Putting a value on an existing commercial business

    Make a list of all the stuff he has colonies, trucks trailers, forklifts extractors, pumps etc... buildings, inventory of glass, etc Multiply by how many of each he has and add it all up.
    Look at...
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    Re: Inspiration to keep going

    Ian I sure that you did a few things right to get the 180 pounds. As a matter of fact if it were entirely up to I would have seen that you got double that amount. After I know you worked hard at it...
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