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  1. Re: Viktor Zhdamirov guilty after jury trial in 2012 Hive theft

    Honey 4 All,

    Thank you. You succinctly outlined most of what I was thinking as well. It's a brave new world out there and some of it really stinks. The days of buying out beekeepers and...
  2. Re: Viktor Zhdamirov guilty after jury trial in 2012 Hive theft

    Seven Hills, I believe we are speaking a similar language. I reread what I had written about speaking to the beekeeper about their hives being too close, and it may be possible that I did not write...
  3. Re: Viktor Zhdamirov guilty after jury trial in 2012 Hive theft

    [QUOTE=JWChesnut;1064057] (( Issue originated in a "turf dispute" about robbing bees in closely located yards in September, 2012))

    There was no "dispute" about territory. We are very sensitive to...
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    Re: Early release from Almonds?

    We are hearing the same schedule expectations as Harry. West of I-5 stayed warmer than the Eastside = bloom earlier and will finish much earlier. I was in the orchards in the West hills yesterday....
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    Sticky: Re: Pollination prices

    Personally, I would not trust the prices found on craigslist regardless of the type of the year. A bee broker I spoke to recently told me that where there was more hives still on the market, but the...
  6. Thread: sunflowers

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    Re: sunflowers

    Depends on the variety of sunflower your hives are working. Traditionally, sunflowers grown for oil seed (versus hybrid or fertile seed) can provide a nectar source. Oil sunflowers do not have male...
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    Sticky: Re: Pollination prices

    I have commitments for field run hives at $180/hive for 2014. After the California Beekeepers Association meeting this week, the word was a $20-$30 dollar jump from what it was last year. Last year,...
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    Re: Swinger 1k loader

    Keith, I haven't skimmed through all of your posts on the subject, but did you in fact buy a 1K? And, when can I schedule a test drive? Ha
  9. Re: Newbeekeeper looking to work with a commercial beekeeper to learn

    If he was out in CA, we could start talking...
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    Re: Troubling Honey Bee Shortage in California

    I'm still getting calls everyday by brokers and growers coming up short. So far the biggest was a block of 200 acres calling for 400 hives... lucky the bloom is holding out a little longer this year...
  11. Re: Beekeeper wanted for large operation in Northern CA

    Horace, seems that every operation needs a few experienced, fat, old, lazy guy to make everybody look just a little better. If your hours were more in the realm of 4 am to 9 pm we could talk...
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    Re: Careers in Beekeeping

    Well said, a CDL would put you right up on top of the list of applicants in my book. Key phrase is "good people" with CDLs... not easy to find indeed.
  13. Re: Bobcat with forklift mast, or without, vs Hummerbee!!!!!!!!

    I'm late to this game apparently. What is the XRT? I cannot find any information on it... does it exactly exist or is it a beekeepers fantasy forklift?
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    Sticky: Re: Bulk honey prices and market outlook

    2.85/lb for 50 drums of wildflower. 2012 honey crop is looking pretty bleak and prices are rising across the board from what we have heard. If you are fortunate enough to have made some honey or have...
  15. Re: Bobcat with forklift mast, or without, vs Hummerbee!!!!!!!!

    I run with both Bobcats (skidsteer) and Hummerbees. All of my Bobcats are fitted with 18" wide tires that help "float" on soft ground. With this set up, it's not easy to get stuck and if you do it's...
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    Sticky: Re: Bulk honey prices and market outlook

    I was offered $1.95/lb for 200 barrels. Sold most of it locally for $2.25. From my personal experience and discussions, with prices of managing hives escalating and the increasing awareness of...
  17. Thread: Sunflowers

    by UVBee
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    Re: Sunflowers

    Please do research it, and when you do if you could clarify what we are looking at. I have been pollinating sunflower fields for the past 14 years, and the farmers refer to a specific row as the...
  18. Thread: Sunflowers

    by UVBee
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    Re: Sunflowers

    Out here in California, sunflowers grown for fertile seed put in at rate around 1.5 to 2 hives an acre, but your bees get pretty beat up. Dry, very little nectar, and sprayed all too often....
  19. Beekeeper wanted for large operation in Northern CA

    Full-time, year around position open for a commercial beekeeping operation out of Sacramento region. We are looking for a motivated individual to assist with everything from pulling honey, moving...
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