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    Re: Boy Scout Beekeeping Merit Badge

    Sweet Jon and Sherri! I think that's one of the two badges I got when I was a scout. Now I've been an Asst. scoutmaster for years and it would be cool to have it back.
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    Re: Word through the Almond Grove

    Well, Tom you are back from Hawaii I see. Get a sunburn, while I was here in the fog putting more pollen patties on and culling weak ones?
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    No, I heard 140 for paramount. I think we'll come down from 150 to 140 for this year.
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    Everything went well, still have 300 extra. But...

    Everything went well, still have 300 extra. But for how many go in, not too big a deal. If anyone has some don't make grade, and need some let me know. If it wasn't for one grower cutting back...
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    Rob, forgot to tell you that all of our trucks...

    Rob, forgot to tell you that all of our trucks were stretched. My old one even had a sleeper we chopped off. That's really the way to go. You get a good used truck with 100,000 miles or so, with...
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    I totally agree. Some of the stuff there selling...

    I totally agree. Some of the stuff there selling now has these crazy promises that are a huge stretch. Snake oils and frog legs I tell ya, will cure everything......
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    That is right, I know Richard Adee has paid the...

    That is right, I know Richard Adee has paid the lawyers sometimes between checks from the AHPA. That's why even the smaller beekeepers that enjoy the higher price they get from packers should give...
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    American Honey Producers In Fresno

    Its been a great meeting so far! Having some of the big wigs from the almond industry on a panel dicsussion. Randy Oliver, Spivak, Eischen, and others talking about the latest research. I enjoyed...
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    I'm half way through, yes its well-written. Even...

    I'm half way through, yes its well-written. Even for a life-time beekeeper he writes about bees in an interesting way.
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    My recipe is fairly similar to that one Matt. ...

    My recipe is fairly similar to that one Matt. Not really helped with varroa I think. I am sure its killed some due to contact....but still need to treat like normal. We do it every fall and its in...
  11. That's what I've noticed, bees will get pollen...

    That's what I've noticed, bees will get pollen from them, but not nectar. They usually bloom right after the oranges are done, and in some of my yards I've seen them working them and see pollen on...
  12. Thread: Is CCD Dead?

    by MadBowbee
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    PCM, that link is to some really old news that...

    PCM, that link is to some really old news that shows you must not be aware of what really is going on. All commericial beekeepers I know, oh lets say 250,000 hives worth are using and have been for...
  13. Thread: Is CCD Dead?

    by MadBowbee
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    I have a bigger almond grower/new beekeeper...

    I have a bigger almond grower/new beekeeper friend, as he bought an outfit out 2 years ago, that reported he had CCD. For sure, I know that it was a mite problem. I agree with the fellow from...
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    Since your da best, DBEST, had to comment on your...

    Since your da best, DBEST, had to comment on your pic. If you went to six way pallets you wouldn't have had to double stack your pallets, less forklifting, faster, and a safer load. Unless your...
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    We've done the shortening/wintergreen balls every...

    We've done the shortening/wintergreen balls every fall with either terryamicin or tylan for about 10 years. We're doing it for foulbrood, but also have felt the essential oil has helped with...
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    Why not just go with the Dodge then? There must...

    Why not just go with the Dodge then? There must be something wrong with them. Is it because of the lower gross vehicle weight, my buddy in Merced that got a new Dodge this year says it doesn't get...
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    Keith, when you say C & H, you mean pure cane...

    Keith, when you say C & H, you mean pure cane sugar right? How do you like it? I heard you can get tankers out of Oakland of that stuff. I'm thinking of switching from liquid sugar to that.
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    Its been so dry, we are due for a wet winter. Or...

    Its been so dry, we are due for a wet winter. Or there could be plenty of acres of almonds on the west side I-5 (west of Fresno) that could be not farmed this year.
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    I know this was an old thread, but its been...

    I know this was an old thread, but its been months since I've been on the website. Our part of Western N. Dakota very dry, will likely get half the normal crop.
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    Go for it, I wish N. Dakota was still that way. ...

    Go for it, I wish N. Dakota was still that way. Its hurt us, all the new beekeepers coming in dropping there bees anywhere.
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    Yes, there are a ton of 6 framers getting...

    Yes, there are a ton of 6 framers getting 140-150. I've seen them. But ya know most of the contracts now are for 6 frame minimums, of course it take 8,9,10 framers to keep the average up with some...
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    I also appreciate all that Joe has done for the...

    I also appreciate all that Joe has done for the industry. But a little part of me wants to see him run a thousand hives for the year and see how many he has to make his grade for almonds come Feb. ...
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    I'm rented out, there's a few calls going around...

    I'm rented out, there's a few calls going around looking for bees that beekeepers thought they would have but crapped out. Or growers looking to add someone else's bees to add to their weaker rented...
  24. Thread: Almond bloom

    by MadBowbee
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    Saw one bloom in Kerman today, rogue though. A...

    Saw one bloom in Kerman today, rogue though. A lot aren't going to bloom for a week yet.
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    National Beekeeping Conference

    I just wanted to post that the conference was a success, there was no "fist-a-cuffs" between AHPA and ABF members. I've never seen so many beekeepers in one place in my life. There was great...
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