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  1. Re: What species did Apis Mellifera displace in North America?

    I'm not sure I would qualify A.m. as "invasive". Naturalized, perhaps, to a certain extent...

    Something to consider is that North America's environment changed drastically over the last few...
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    Re: Can a noob take care of 60 hives?

    The question needs to be asked: does he need to take good care of 60 hives? He's an almond grower, that's his income. From what I gather, his beekeeping objectives are, firstly, to pollinate his...
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    Re: what to plant for bees

    It does have a great blooming period, it flowered much longer than pretty much anything else, except maybe for birdsfoot trefoil.

    Perhaps it just has to do with the geography: patches of chicory...
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    Re: Can a noob take care of 60 hives?

    Different people learn at different rates. It also mostly depends on the time and effort you put into it. If you follow classes, read books, attend conferences, speak with other beekeepers, join a...
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    Re: Can a noob take care of 60 hives?

    A single person can manage a few hundred hives on his own. That being said, that comes with experience.

    It does seem like a lot to start out with, though, to me. However, bees aren't like dairy...
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    Re: what to plant for bees

    That's a nice mixture that should give a good bloom calendar.

    A lot of these belong to the same family though, and share many diseases. Adding in some members of the amaryllidaceae family (chives,...
  7. Re: Positive strategies for the migratory vs. hobby conflict

    Keep the hives strong, the entrances small. Miller-type feeders can help keep the colony inside and closer-by to defend.
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    Re: Should a new beek start with langs?

    Something to consider is where you want to get your bees. Do you want to buy nucs? I know in the States, packages seem a lot more common and popular than they are in Canada, but if you want to go...
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    Re: VSH bees and hybridization

    Aggressive back-crossing. Take 100% VSH queens, mate them with local drone mother stock. Immediately graft from daughters, mate the grand-daughters will local drone mother stock. Repeat. As colonies...
  10. Thread: Quebec Queens

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    Re: Quebec Queens

    We are breeding from a few CRSAD queens. The mother queens and the majority of their daughter queens have a very distinctive look, compared to the rest of our stock, and I can tell them apart with...
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    Poll: Re: Bees, lies and evidence-based policy

    There are a ton of heavily subsidized government insurance programs available to cover bad years. Especially for cash crops like corn, soy, and canola.

    I think part of the pilot program even...
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    Poll: Re: Bees, lies and evidence-based policy

    Field scouting is often heavily subsidized. In Québec, the government paid 90% of the scouting costs for farmers who wanted to determine if their fields actually had pests to begin with, following...
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    Re: harvesting bucwheat seeds

    What are your surfaces? Large surfaces are harvested mechanically like any other grains.
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    Re: Bees seem runny but not aggressive?

    Indeed, a queenless or underpopulated colony tends to be more runny, in my experience.
  15. Re: Considering all medium box hives, any reasons not to?

    Three mediums are more expensive than two deeps, so running all medium vs. all deeps is more expensive. The bigger the frames, the less interruption in the brood area, as well. Deeps of honey are...
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    Re: Customer concern

    There are different grades of honey: #1, #2, #3. However, it's mostly about the humidity, and various actions can be undertaken to correct it.

    Maybe they'd have been willing to buy honey with...
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    Re: Native honey bees?

    When frames get older, cells get smaller, and so do workers who grow in them. The difference can be quite significant. This may very well be what you are observing. Otherwise, could be just about any...
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    Re: Newby and smoke and mean bees ...

    I use dried grass abundantly. Because it's free and available in excess on most days. And it burns easy.

    However, it burns very hot, and not very long. You can't just put dry grass in the smoker...
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    Re: Sellable honey and moisture

    Something to consider is that a frame of "mostly" capped honey also included incapped honey of unknown ripeness. If there's really fresh nectar in there, it can bring up the humidity levels quickly.
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    Re: Bee-pocolypse. Reality or Fiction?

    Why don't we play a game? We go in a cave, and I grind and spray giant hogweed all over you.

    But hey, don't go outside, the sun is dangerous. People who are exposed to the sun come back with all...
  21. Re: Why the fuss over bees? Is the U.S. in the midst of a bee-pocalypse? The science

    The science does not "say no". The science is actually quite clear on the negative impacts of neonics.

    That article is ridiculous. It cites no credible study. Just a bunch of strawman fallacies...
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    Re: Bee-pocolypse. Reality or Fiction?

    The argument that neonics' wide use as proof of their need is bogus.

    First of all, neonic-coated seeds are the default. Many seed suppliers don't offer any non-treated seeds, or only offer a...
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    Re: Plastic Frame Indentations

    Whenever winter drags on too much, I just like to think of all the pests we don't have thanks to it. :D
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    Re: Selective Breeding

    I think it has all been tried... Except maybe the wind tunnels. :P
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    Re: Pollinator Numbers are Up

    Just because some have a tendency for sensationalism doesn't mean the opposite is true. And just because hive numbers are maintained does not mean that overall pollinator populations are healthy, or...
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