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    From A Deployed Beekeeper

    Hey folks, I watched this thread for a couple months while back in the States and now I'm currently deployed for a year in Iraq. Presently working at a base and staying in the Green Zone so I'm right...
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    RSUCHAN, not in Omaha actually. We're down in...

    RSUCHAN, not in Omaha actually. We're down in Plattsmouth. Hazzard County we call it. Saw the wild plumes bloom for a day or two and then die off. The crabs and the redbuds were ready to pop as well....
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    I've used these nitrile glove before. Their...

    I've used these nitrile glove before. Their cheap, disposable and some what punture resistant. The bees aren't able to punch it, easier to work with and they keep your hands clean. When they tear,...
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    The media around Omaha has been interviewing with...

    The media around Omaha has been interviewing with local orchards whom have lost their peach and pear crops, but only claim a 10% loss on the apples. I'm leaning toward the more serious side of it but...
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    What's a Mexican tuba look like? I've got a...

    What's a Mexican tuba look like? I've got a trumpet, but its not Mexican.

    [ January 31, 2007, 08:04 PM: Message edited by: mcgator ]
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    Seen it all now.....almost. This is an article...

    Seen it all now.....almost. This is an article off CNN's website about bomb sniffing bees. Guess the job of the dog is on the line.
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  7. Thread: G.P.S.?

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    Usually depends on the $$ one can shell out. I...

    Usually depends on the $$ one can shell out. I have a Garmin 76S which is great for just about everything. Even great for air travel when looking out the window to figure out where your at. Gives one...
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    Looks like Animal Planet is having some bees and...

    Looks like Animal Planet is having some bees and beeks on Animal Planet's Killer Jobs tonight. Not sure of the time but I think its been on before, but in case others have missed it.
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    Its not everday you find another way to spell...

    Its not everday you find another way to spell "sucker"
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    WOW! As I was driving out on the golf cart to...

    WOW! As I was driving out on the golf cart to feed the bees, I could smell the GR from about 70 yards away. Could still catch wiffs back at the house that was over 100 yards away. Guess the wind was...
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    Noticed a couple of drones with rope or string...

    Noticed a couple of drones with rope or string like wings over the last two weeks. Didn't appear too healthy either. Any thoughts on that? Suspect it could be mites and will be checking for them in...
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    Looks like their finally bringing in the...

    Looks like their finally bringing in the Goldenrod around here along the Platter River. Lots of activity and oooooooo that distinct odor.
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    I've heard that Sue Bee heats their honey to 160...

    I've heard that Sue Bee heats their honey to 160 for 24 hrs. But you know how rumors go. With folks like Sue Bee....when their honey comes in on the truck in barrels, that honey could be considered...
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    We were at a store in Omaha, NE and here on the...

    We were at a store in Omaha, NE and here on the shelf is "Raw Honey". It was this milky light brown color from crystallization etc. and would appeal to some I guess but not to us. It did command a...
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    Definitely a Cicada killer. The Japanese hornets...

    Definitely a Cicada killer. The Japanese hornets would be smaller. The Discover Channel has the Japanese hornets on occasionally. They can really tear apart a hive. Another type honey bee in Japan...
  16. Thread: Plant ID HELP

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    Great source to ID the blooms in the field is the...

    Great source to ID the blooms in the field is the National Audunon Society's Field Guide to Wildflowers. Great source. The one I have is the Eastern Region for around the Eastern Nebraska area. I...
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    There are some Nitrile Garden Gloves out there if...

    There are some Nitrile Garden Gloves out there if anyone has tried them. Seem Ok but have mesh on the back of the hand. Would seem to breath better. Purple has never been one of my favorite colors...
  18. Thread: Drinks on me!

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    Back again today. The interesting thing is that...

    Back again today. The interesting thing is that it doesn't show up until late afternoon. Maybe due to the direction of the sun or that the pond is now in the shade. The intervals were from 2-4...
  19. Thread: Drinks on me!

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    The same one (maybe)came back today several...

    The same one (maybe)came back today several times.

    Mike, Great idea on the powder sugar. You have always demonstrated your extensive knowledge of beekeeping.
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    Don't forget the storage, processing, and labor....

    Don't forget the storage, processing, and labor. My grandfather had a huge honey business. When your 8 years old it probably looked like 5000 hives but it was probably between 1k to 1.5K. He had...
  21. Thread: Drinks on me!

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    Just the one. We have a couple 2-4 acres lakes...

    Just the one. We have a couple 2-4 acres lakes all around us and a 1/4 mile from the Platte River so we have no shortage of water around us. Already had some neighbor's get their underwear all bunch...
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    The wife and I were sitting on the deck beside...

    The wife and I were sitting on the deck beside our water garden pond late this afternoon. We noticed a bee that would take a drink on a rock by the waterfall. Then take off in the direction of the...
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    No bees! Ran up there last night (even with a...

    No bees! Ran up there last night (even with a swarn box) but too late. The gals were gone and looks to be just recently. Lots of honey stores left, no mouse damage, etc. Would have had to chisel the...
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    I imagined looking at all the swarm cells being...

    I imagined looking at all the swarm cells being reminded of the Grand Tetons. Any side bets on how many mouse nests are in there? I am taking a couple of swarm traps up to set out as well. Going to...
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    Was inquiring to a friend of mine about putting...

    Was inquiring to a friend of mine about putting some hives in his orchard. He said "No problem". He then went on to say that he had purchased this farm over 10 years ago and that the guy who had it...
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