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    Re: Syrup vs sugar water

    Ha ha! No, you said strong evidence.
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    Re: Syrup vs sugar water

    I would be interested in hearing more about this "strong evidence".
    http://scientificbeekeeping.com/testing-of-bee-feed-syrups-for-neonicotinoid-residues/
  3. Thread: Honey too dry

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    Re: Honey too dry

    If you could figure a way of injecting some steam in your extractor it would really change the personality of that honey.
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    Sticky: Re: Bulk honey prices and market outlook

    We moved some ELA at 1.95 and some white for as high as 2.08 but still sitting on most of our 2014 production. As far as I know none of the major players have tried to establish a domestic price. ...
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    Re: Status Change For Antibiotics In A Beehive

    Not sure what you are referring to Mark but anyone that is paying attention can see that there is a growing demand for antibiotic free food production. As honey producers we all have a...
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    Re: randy oliver reviews a new Dr. Lu paper

    I'm not going to get into the social implications as this thread is about the Lu study.
    Aside from some well documented planter dust issues in past years the fact is that systemic insecticides DO...
  7. Re: The Genetic Architecture of Honeybee Breeding

    Interesting link. In the 15 years since we have been producing our own queens (with some contributions from tf breeders) I have seen better mite resistance, better foraging (and more robbing...
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    Re: pesticide kill?

    I guess I can't answer your question then. A pesticide kill will usually have an odor and some "crawlers" in front. If any of the sealed brood has holes in it (indicating the hive was "sucking" out...
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    Re: Efficiency of a bee yard question

    I've found 30 lbs. is a pretty good average to use. On a good year perhaps a few pounds more, on a poorer year a few pounds less (this year is running about 28). I have weighed individual "trophy"...
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    Re: pesticide kill?

    That was my first thought as well. If it was pesticide then I would expect some of the neighboring hives to be affected to varying degrees.
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    Re: randy oliver reviews a new Dr. Lu paper

    This type of foliar spraying which kills all insects it contacts, both good and bad, is exactly what systemic pesticides are designed to replace. This is the irony I'm trying to point out. If a bad...
  12. Thread: Hauling bees

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    Re: Hauling bees

    The short answers are yes, there is a market and it pays pretty good but be California legal and be prepared for some strange loading hours and situations.
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    Re: Status Change For Antibiotics In A Beehive

    Ha ha, yes, I stand corrected. A little quick math is telling me that the European business is about 1/6,000ths of our 2014 crop.........looks like we better change those antibiotic regs. before we...
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    Re: Status Change For Antibiotics In A Beehive

    Europe buys honey from us?
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    Re: randy oliver reviews a new Dr. Lu paper

    Main stream scientists without an agenda are pretty much unanimous in their condemnation of his studies. I understand you start any scientific experiment with a hypothesis but it's apparent by his...
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    Re: 1x6 wood for 4 way pallets

    We use standard 1x6's (3/4" thickness). The trick is to find foundation grade treated lumber. I forget the terminology but there it's tough to find wood treated for ground contact in 1" boards. We...
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    Re: Status Change For Antibiotics In A Beehive

    Sooooooo if I tell a vet I need some oxy-tet to (as the label states) prevent disease, on what basis could they refuse? :scratch:
    I understand the desire to limit the use of antibiotics but I...
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    Re: randy oliver reviews a new Dr. Lu paper

    The irony is that bad science can potentially be more damaging to pollinators in the real world of pest control than what is being currently done. I'm a bit confused though. Has Dr. Lu's...
  19. Re: Alfalfa nectar temperature and tolerance to frost.

    I've been raising bees around alfalfa for decades and still consider the issue of nectar yield something of an enigma. It seems lush, tall alfalfa often doesn't yield as well as when it is somewhat...
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    Sticky: Re: Bulk honey prices and market outlook

    What is SHA's initial delivery price?
  21. Re: Brushy Mountain Oxalic Acid Webinar - Randy Oliver

    Aside from the mixing process,which requires a reasonable amount of care, trickling is quite safe without any breathing apparatus. Googles are a good precaution while mixing and even during...
  22. Re: Brushy Mountain Oxalic Acid Webinar - Randy Oliver

    Agreed, a yard of 40 doubles can be done in a half hour or so. Singles even faster, just flip them upside down and dribble down between the bottom bars.
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    Re: Frames After Extracting

    If they are well spun out just store them, preferably in a cool area to keep the wax moth out of them. If they are still pretty wet, do as Bee Moose says, if there is little to no flow they will...
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    Sticky: Re: Bulk honey prices and market outlook

    $1.80 sounds like a reasonable assumption given the current situation with the strong US dollar and probably some 2014 crop carryover. There seems to be a real glut of white honey available. I kind...
  25. Re: Can you donate frames of bees from a queenless hive to another hive?

    ....but I wouldn't use them exclusively. My rule of thumb is to have over half your bees come from queenright colonies as younger bees will tend to give you a higher success rate.
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