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  1. Re: Ready for winter... ready for the almonds?

    I believe that it is the out of state beekeepers that are engaged in “pushing the pollination prices” down not the local beekeepers or the brokers.

    As an owner and a broker of bees for almond...
  2. Re: Ready for winter... ready for the almonds?

    For the last few weeks I have been receiving calls almost on a daily basis from out of state and local beekeepers “with strong hives” looking for almond pollination contracts. An hour ago, I received...
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    Re: Making FOur Way Pallets

    Make your pallets 33.5" X 47" you can place 7 pallets in a roll and have a few inches to spare on a 20' flat bed.
    "W" clips are a must!
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    Re: My Sideline Small Cell Business Plan

    Don,

    I have a 5 year cashflow excel spreadsheet that we use with our beekeeping clients. It will take very little modification to fit your business plan, if you have Excel I'll be happy to send...
  5. Re: Anyone in California notice if the star thistle is growing this year??

    Here in Northern California (Placer Co) I would give it about another week to ten days and it is about ready to bust wide open. We fed our local bees to get them though between the Blackberries to...
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    Re: Hive pallets

    Also try Pallet Masters in Woodland, CA.

    Problem we found in Fresno and Woodland is they make the pallets out of whatever used material they have on hand. Not all pallets are the same. Sometimes...
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    Re: Hive pallets

    our Pallets with materials from Lowes, Pressure treated 2X4 and 3/4 inch plywood runs $30.00. We use 6"X1" redwood fencing for bottom pallet supports (3). Labor = lots of sweat and beer. 3 guys 20...
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    Re: Hive pallets

    We require the pallets to be in the range of 33.5" X 47" for moving to pollinate crops. 48' trailer = 96 pallets = 384 hives. The pallet must be the floor of the hive. Also require "W" clips....
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    Re: Strachan Apiaries

    John,

    You must have received my bees:rolleyes:

    I picked up 20 NWC in April. All doing excellent. Ordered 50 more late April-first of May, said they were soldout, said something about a big...
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    Re: Almond Pollination Payment

    Darn, I hate it when someone has all the facts!
    Good Job Explaining the facts!

    The point is why would you do business with a grower that will kill your bees? Check their references!

    AND WHY...
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    Re: Almond Pollination Payment

    Theft is a problem, we have not experienced it personally but we hear the stories. It is the risk of running any business. Out of site-out-of mind, locked gates, name and number on the hive, etc.
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    Re: Almond Pollination Payment

    Interesting way of thinking, I believe they could as easily and purposely kill your bees just before the “first” post bloom inspection if their intent was to avoid payment. Most successful...
  13. Need Trucker to haul bees from No. Calif to South Dakota ASAP

    Please P.M me if you know any truckers able to haul two loads to So. Dakota.
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    Re: Almond Pollination Payment

    I believe the “more bees” are coming from unemployed and mostly east European immigrants who seem to come from a long family beekeeping background, they work very hard at what they do; father,...
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    Re: Almond Pollination Payment

    Our standard contract has the following definition of what the 7 or 8 frame average negotiated in the contract requires:

    “By definition an “Active Frame of Bees” shall mean two sides of a standard...
  16. Re: Next year (2013) an estimated 1.7 to 1.8 million hives will be required to Almond

    Now that's a honest statement, forget the popcorn, time to put the boots on.
  17. Next year (2013) an estimated 1.7 to 1.8 million hives will be required to Almonds.

    According to an article by Kim Flottum there will be a demand for 100,000 to 200,000 additional hives to pollinate California's almond crop.

    Read his very interesting article "Catch the Buzz-...
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    Re: Pierco Plastic Frames

    I started this process two weeks ago, March 13, and after 5 emails and one phone call still hasn't taken my order. Back in June 2011 ran it to the same problem.
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    Pierco Plastic Frames

    Has anyone tried ordering one-piece plastic frames from Pierco, Inc. ?
    Their customer service is horrible, horrible, horrible. Did I mention that there customer service is HORRIBLE!
    I could not get...
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    Re: Need a little advice

    I have an Excel cashflow spread sheet that I am happy to share with you.
    You must have Microsoft Excel and I will need you to email me your email as the Excel file will not fit on this site.
    my e...
  21. Thread: almonds

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    Re: almonds

    [QUOTE=Shastina Millwork;745820] posts on this thread that claim that bee pollination is 20% of the growers expense? Well, it is proven that pollination is actually 5% of the growers gross revenue...
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    Re: almonds

    We have signed a little over 5,800 as of todate, the average is $20.00 per frame with a min of $140.00
  23. Thread: almonds

    by Stevebeeman
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    Re: almonds

    When it comes to setting, pollination prices Beekeepers are their own worst enemy.
    Beekeepers are the ones that drive the pollination prices down.
    Stop and think for a moment what would happen if...
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    Re: almonds

    I agree you might want to listen and LEARN from Larry.
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    Re: almonds

    Weather their "claim" is valid or not, when I tell them our price is $20.00 per frame, with a minimum of $140.00 they move on. The point being we do not get the contrat so I assumes the guy that...
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