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    Re: Definition of a nuc?

    I'm not very big, but I'm hardly the only one who does this. I've bought nucs from people who do this, and haven't had this problem, nor heard of others having it, although at first I used the larger...
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    Re: Pollination Off a 16' trailer

    I'm fairly sure that I've read a number of manuals for crop growers that encourage dispersing the hives (somewhat). I'm also fairly sure that I saw articles on seed production where yields decreased...
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    Re: Has Seed Coating Changed? CCD gone for Good!

    Different problems that manifest differently and have different impacts. Just because varroa causes more honey bee colony losses than neonics doesn't mean neonics don't pose any problems.



    Ag...
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    Re: Has Seed Coating Changed? CCD gone for Good!

    I don't see anything in that document to prove that Australia's bees are amongst the healthiest in the world, or that Australian bees do not suffer from neonics. It also speaks a whole lot more about...
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    Re: Has Seed Coating Changed? CCD gone for Good!

    As another has said, and as I said in the message you quoted, you can't blame a product's dangers on its misapplication if it used exactly as described on the label.

    Australia is not proof of...
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    Re: "no mow" leaflet

    Some cities have by-laws stating that the lawn mustn't be over a certain height, for example 20cm. It'd be a good idea to check local by-laws, if you haven't yet.
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    Re: Confirmed bee plants

    Sweet clover (yellow or white) is a biannual. Red clover is a short-lived perennial, double-cut types will flower in the first year, single-cut types probably won't. Crimson clover is an annual....
  8. Thread: Swarm lures

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    Re: Swarm lures

    Don't open the tube. The tube has a cap, but the pheromones diffuse through the plastic.
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    Re: Has Seed Coating Changed? CCD gone for Good!

    Define "misapplied". Because bee losses resulted when the products were being used exactly as labelled. They have been changing the labels, but that doesn't make the previous incidents the farmers'...
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    Re: Has Seed Coating Changed? CCD gone for Good!

    Beekeepers signal problems, then the agency inspectors come over to log it. We'll have to disagree... how else would you do it? The government isn't going to buy 10 000 hives just to run a sample....
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    Re: Has Seed Coating Changed? CCD gone for Good!

    How does one "apply wrong" a pre-treated seed? Dust deflectors and improved lubricants are a new thing, and both only target a fraction of the neonic problem: the dusts at seeding.

    There ARE...
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    Re: Has Seed Coating Changed? CCD gone for Good!

    Namely: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/cps-spc/pubs/pest/_fact-fiche/neonicotinoid/neonicotinoid-eng.php#a23

    Plus the government representatives (the vets, the pesticide agency, the agriculture...
  13. Thread: Cheap Nucs?

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    Re: Cheap Nucs?

    I, and other local breeders, purposefully cage a queen before pick-up. My queens hatch in their nucs, where they are left a few weeks to mate. When it's time for pick-up, I inspect the nucs, and if...
  14. Thread: Crimson clover

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    Re: Crimson clover

    Soil may have a part to do with it.

    But all of the studies I've read on red clover seed production states that placing honey bee hives is a must, and that despite short tongues, the bees can still...
  15. Thread: Crimson clover

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    Re: Crimson clover

    Red clover isn't a poor forrage crop for bees. Red clover is a good source of pollen. Furthermore, it is also often a good source of nectar, as many other insects will chew at the corolla, making the...
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    Re: Has Seed Coating Changed? CCD gone for Good!

    One man's first-hand experience is of little value. Multiple neonic-related hive losses have been proven over many years in Canada. There is no doubt over whether neonics can cause hive collapses, it...
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    Re: Has Seed Coating Changed? CCD gone for Good!

    Cancer has existed for a very long time, since before smoking cigarettes started. By your logic, smoking can't cause cancer.

    Different causes can result in similar symptoms. Quackgrass can invade...
  18. Thread: Cheap Nucs?

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    Re: Cheap Nucs?

    You kind of want to sell out, though, if you want to maximize income.

    And if you go along the lines of "I could double the price and still probably sell all of my nucs", you might do so the first...
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    Re: Marking the Queen

    Knowing a queen's age and detecting queen changes are benefits of marking, indeed. Best to ask the breeder to do it, though, than to mark a purchased queen yourself (unless you are used to doing it)....
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    Re: Apimondia USA Bid for 2019

    No way, Montréal has to win!
  21. Re: "A Frame for Expansion" Is a 4 frame nuc the new norm?

    The OBBA's standard calls for an empty frame: http://www.ontariobee.com/sites/ontariobee.com/files/document/Nuc%20Buyers%20Guide%202013_0.pdf

    From what I've seen from breeders in Ontario and...
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    Re: Caffine for bees?

    I've read that caffeine improves honey bee memory a while back, but I could never find any sources indicating which nectars actually contain it. That site suggests coffee tree nectar contains it,...
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    Re: "African" Bees are so terrible?

    The more proper term would be "Africanized honey bee", not "African honey bee". AHB are not what you find in Africa, they are a cross of African and European races that were done in America.
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    Re: 2015's Queen marking color easier to see

    Why limit yourself to paint? Stick this onto your queen and know where she is at all times! ;)

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    The study I've seen showed that OA treatment significantly increased OA content in honey, but that these new levels remained within the normal range of untreated honey OA content.

    But OA isn't...
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