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    Re: proceidure for mite check

    Somebody probably needs to throw this out there. According to Dr. Marla Spivak, 0.50 cup of bees is equal to 400[B] bees. 0.42 cup of bees is equal to [B]300 bees and 0.34 cup of bees is equal to...
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    Re: Old Man Grafting

    You got that right!
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    Re: Cotton/soybean honey.

    Can't really say on the white blossoms. The easy way to see a nectar flow in soybeans is to look for butterflies flying across the tops of the rows. And here's a difference you may see between...
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    Re: Formic smell from hive

    I don't know if a formic acid treatment would have that effect, but I suppose it could happen. Formic acid was one of the first organic acids synthesized in a lab. My biology professor in college...
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    Re: Cotton/soybean honey.

    You'll need to ask about if and/or when any pesticides or fungicides may be applied. Most farmers down here are using neonic coated seed,which keeps the pest numbers down and gets rid of a great...
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    Re: Formic smell from hive

    Ants produce formic acid. It's the chemical ants use to put down a scent trail for other ants to follow. In fact, the word FORMA means ant.
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    Re: How is the sourwood so far?

    Earliest flowers are just starting to open here.
  8. Re: Is it worth testing to determine if they are Africanized Honey Bees?

    Gonna agree with Paul on this one. Most likely, that colony has some Amm genetics that still float around down here. I have a similar colony in my yard. They follow me for 100 yards after working...
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    disorganized honey

    Okay. Here's what I got. 3 mediums and 2 deeps. Top medium is essentially empty. A little comb. Next medium is essentially filled and being capped. Next medium mixed brood and honey. First deep...
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    Sticky: Re: Post your bloom dates 2014!

    38827. Crimson and white clovers. Dewberries just starting good. Blackberry flowers starting to form.
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    About a three pound swarm in Barton, Ala on Friday. Guy from work said they had been there for a day and a half. And found out somethin'. If you put frame of brood in the day after hiving a swarm,...
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    Sticky: Re: Post your bloom dates 2014!

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    Bradford pear, plum,pear
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    Re: no brood ?

    I believe I'll bet on the queen to start laying pretty soon. I checked one hive today and she has just started to lay. What I would look for is if the bees are prepping cells for eggs by polishing...
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    Southern Living

    Southern Living magazine has an article in the March issue on recipes using honey and a photo lay-out of honeys produced in the South. I'll start the congratulations for the feature inclusion by...
  15. Re: It has been a long cold winter, so far, and now this heartbreaking news:

    If that's true, does that mean that the groundhog I saw loafin' around in the middle of that cow pasture last week was lyin'?
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    Re: brooding after winter solstice

    No, Squarepeg, I didn't. The henbit and dandelion just kind of goes in and out at best right now. I probably won't see any really substantial pollen at the earliest until the maples and more likely...
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    Re: brooding after winter solstice

    Orientation flights this afternoon.
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    Re: migratory tops

    Since it's broadly worded ''Migratory tops''


    Does anyone have a design or know of any plans for a migratory top with an upper entrance?


    Thanks in advance.
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    Re: New Beekeeper from Mississippi

    Welcome aboard, neighbor! This is a good place to hang out and learn from. And if I can help you out, let me know.
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    Re: Pollination of soybeans

    Same here. The farmer I set my hives on only sprayed some glyphosate around the field perimeter this year and no pesticides for I.P.M. As far as weeds in the ditch, soybeans bloom during our summer...
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    Re: Pollination of soybeans

    No. I never saw my bees in the soybeans, but the bumblebees and butterflies workin' 'em like there's no tomorrow is a dead giveaway to a nectar flow.
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    Re: Pollination of soybeans

    I built up the two top deeps on my two hives and put most of their winter stored on from soybeans this year. And I didn't get them on 'beans until about the last week of July. The two things you...
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    Re: Nuc produced queens

    Yeah, the waiting 'til Spring is a given. I just wasn't certain as to whether or not a nucleus' more limited resources could produce a good quality queen by itself or if I needed to provide more...
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    Nuc produced queens

    Okay. Have 7 to 10 feral colonies to be trapped from. I want to nuc them ala Michael Palmer style to build numbers. What is the best approach to take the 5 over 5s, split them and get a queen...
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    Re: Africanized bees

    I'd like to hear about this, myself. I'm still hopeful that our temperatures and rainfall are enough like the AHB's stopping point in Argentina that they may never make it here. But, it would be...
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