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  1. Re: moving bees into blueberries this week

    Hi Ben

    I move bees during the day all the time. I never work all night. Here in Delaware we use trailers with hives loaded on. I generally move them off the field at dusk and onto the field in...
  2. Fungicide Spraying During the Day While Bees are Flying

    I stopped by my 30 hives on 15 acres of Strawberries and found the farmer, during the middle of the day, spraying Captan, a Fungicide. I had thought he and I had an understanding that we don't spray...
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    Re: April splits

    do you queen them all or just walk away
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    Re: April splits

    Do you queen them all or are yours walkaway
  5. Re: Open Feeding (Open Feeders) methods

    can you show us some pictures of how you use totes
  6. Re: Rebuilding Colonies after Sub Lethal Pesticide Kills

    I had the same thing happen on Watermellons. The farmer applied Sniper through a drip system so no only did the bees get exposed through the nectar but also when drinking water.

    I am currently...
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    Alfalfa as a nectar source

    anyone put their bees on a large alfalfa field? How much honey did the hives produce?
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    Re: Varroa Mite Vaporizer?

    This is a commercial forum, folks new at the business should listen and learn
  9. Re: Little trailers for honey production and pollination

    We run about 160 hives on a number of different farms for Strawberry, Pumpkin, Apple and Watermellon pollination and we do it all with trailers. Works well!
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    Re: Jar, Bear Steralization

    She was scared of the bees, so just from a distance
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    Re: Jar, Bear Steralization

    No on the HLS and Yes on the Interstate Transport
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    Watermellon Pollination

    Well I learned a valuable lesson this year, if you pollinate Watermellons you won't be able to get a second pollination out of those bees. I had a trailer, still have a trailer, of 20 hives on a...
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    Re: Jar, Bear Steralization

    I agree but they had a LOT of questions and inspected all of our business records as well as wanted to see hives etc. It was quite extensive

    WE DID PASS!!!
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    Re: Jar, Bear Steralization

    I think their authority comes from the F in FDA, besides the fact that while we are not big we do engage in interstate commerce, Delaware is pretty small you know.

    What's an HLS Registration?
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    Re: Jar, Bear Steralization

    Yes, DE Depat of Ag already inspect us. FDA came, spent about two hours here, mostly questions and a short inspection of our kitchen. They did not even ask about container steralization.
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    Re: Jar, Bear Steralization

    Yes they are
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    Re: Jar, Bear Steralization

    I have and they won't tell us. usually they do these as unnanounced but since we are not home during the day they made an exception
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    Re: Jar, Bear Steralization

    Nope, we are fairly small, about $30K in revenue a year but we had to register with the Delaware Department of Agriculture and that put us on the FDA list. We are talking new jars not used. We buy...
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    Jar, Bear Steralization

    We currently use the dishwasher to steralize our jars and plactic bears etc. Does anyone else use anything else to steralize? We have a FDA inspection scheduled for Tuesday and I want to ensure...
  20. What types of feeders do others use?

    I am currently at 100 hives and I am using hive top feeders, the black, two chamber type that has a center screen and holds about 4 gallons. As I continue to grow the number of hives, what is the...
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    Sticky: Re: Pollination prices

    each crop is different, for instance Watermellons is about 8 weeks thus the reason I plan to raise prices next year for that particular crop. Apples are only two weeks but I won't go below $75 for...
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    Sticky: Re: Pollination prices

    I'm getting $65 for everything, Pumpkins, Apples, Strawberries, Watermelon, but next year I plan to structure the pricing differently, and raise prices to a minimum of $75
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    SHB Larva in Extracted Honey

    Found some larva in the strainer when filling a 5 gallon bucket from extracted frames. My question is, Is this honey still good? Not sure how we missed them when we uncapped and extracted but we...
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    Re: Splits, Need to do 35

    Hey David

    that's just what I ended up doing. Made them all 9 frames as well, deos seem to work pretty good. Just extracted a lot of honey today, all went well.
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    Re: Splits, Need to do 35

    lots of great information, I really thank you all.

    One question, does anyone use 9 frames in their 10 frame brood chambers? If so, where do you leave the extra space or do you evenly space the...
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