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    Re: Almonds Blooming Early?

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    Here are two photos of almond trees taken yesterday. The trees blooming are early nectarines.
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    Re: 70%? Really?

    There is more to pollinate out here than almonds. Japanese plums, cherries, blueberries and avocados all bloom during the same time and need bees.
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    Re: Hummerbees Hiveclamp attachment?????

    C.F. Koehnen and sons have the two pallet set up on all their machines.
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    Re: Maqs

    Larry I had to remove 99% of the ones I put in, and they get propilized down and break apart.
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    Re: Hummerbees Hiveclamp attachment?????

    The hydraulic accumulator (load shock dampener) is most certainly available on the Swinger 1K. In fact it is a simple device and can be retro fitted on any existing machine. You could install one...
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    Re: Maqs

    The directions I got at the time said that it was safe to use as long as daytime highs were below 92f. Temps were about 10o lower than that. Perhaps that is why it was so hard on the bees. But the...
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    Re: Frame Assembling Machine

    Wow that is a heck of a machine! Hypnotizing.
  8. Thread: Maqs

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    Re: Maqs

    It is more expensive.
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    Re: Maqs

    Ian temps when I treated were right in the middle of desired range, daytime highs in the low to mid eighties.
    Killed most of the brood.
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    Re: Maqs

    Really tough on the queens and brood. Something like 40% queen loss.
    After 60 days I was getting mites in the double digits in an alcohol wash.
    The used pads are not removed by the bees, must be...
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    Re: Maqs

    I treated about 550 last year.
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    Re: Almonds Blooming Early?

    Bees are starting to be set out.
  13. Re: Just a general question on almond pollination, least amount of hives recommended.

    There are many small growers too, especially Japanese plums. Advertise for small growers. They have trouble hooking up too for the same reasons as small beekeepers.
  14. Re: Brewing, distilling, and enjoying honey-based beverages, 1/27 7pm Middlesex Count

    Distilling? Wish I could attend!
  15. Re: Queen replacement in fall: VS Checkerboarding

    Colonies that have been requeened in the Autumn will very rarely if ever swarm the following Spring.
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    Re: cranberry pollination

    As a pollinator I must say; pollination Blows for the bees, everywhere except perhaps almonds. Other than that, you gain short term & lose long term.
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    Re: almonds

    Fresno Dadants branch has a list of over 10,000 colonies looking for pollination placement. Too many bees come out here without a contract, drop price to get placed.
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    Re: Melting wax in 55 gallon drums.

    I built an oven for rendering cappings. It holds four barrels. They stand on a rack over a stainless tank. The tank has a "basket" that slips on top. (Between the tank & the barrel rack). The basket...
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    Re: Almonds Blooming Early?

    Stanislaus county, February 17, 2011: Sonora almonds at 29% bloom. If you go to the Blue Diamond web site you can view their field reports from past years.
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    Re: Almonds Blooming Early?

    Bloom dates don't really change much. Sometimes an older orchard will be early but over all, first blooms show 7-10th of February. Moving in does start hot&heavy last week of January. I did see some...
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    Re: Fly parasite

    Next will be a Zombie Fly that parasitizes beekeepers. I think they got me a couple years ago.
  22. Re: Feral colonies - how do you use their good genetic traits?

    A myth.
  23. Re: Feral colonies - how do you use their good genetic traits?

    Another fairy tale, nothing more.
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    Re: 10 drums of slumgum

    Roland is correct; as slum sits, it dries out and loses wax content. The cakes that are left after pressing out slum are great for the garden or flower bed. A burlap bag filled and tied off,...
  25. Re: Feral colonies - how do you use their good genetic traits?

    Because feral bees survive without treatment.

    This is baloney.
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