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  1. Re: How old were you when you stepped up to Commercial

    I bought my first 300 when I was 18, and I never looked back. Of course back then I knew I would be retired by 30 but now I am 33 with no retirement plans.
  2. Thread: Honey totes

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    Honey totes

    Is anyone using totes vs barrels? I am most interested in the collapsible totes that Barkman uses with the bladder. I am wondering about functionality and if they sell or just rent them?
  3. Thread: the gold mine

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    Re: the gold mine

    There is plenty of money in the bee industry right now. But the main reasons are poor forage for bees, high tariffs on Chinese honey, high mortality rates over winter. I often encourage people to get...
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    Re: Moving bees at night w or w/o nets

    No way. Just secure the lids. You wouldn't want one to fly off and hit a windshield.
  5. Re: Texas and Oklahoma flooding relationship to 2015 midwest honey production.

    That's sad to hear. It makes me miss "normal" weather. We still have lots of bees to move. I hope the weather gets back to normal.
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    Re: Manitoba Bee Auction

    If someone would pay me 81 per super I would sell them all!!!!!!!!!! No questions asked.
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    Re: Sweet clover and the snow?

    I got out here a few days ago and the clover looks nice. Starting to bloom even!! Seems early to me.
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    Re: What is pollination on shares?

    You can't be serious?? Payment made to the bee owner?!? I would say the first 50 lbs goes to the honey producer then the next 50 goes to the bee owner. Any remaining is split. If you send junk that...
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    Re: Sweet clover and the snow?

    Bought out a guy in between Pierre and Rapid City.
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    Re: Sweet clover and the snow?

    Haha I wish I am still stuck here in eastern sd. I think I am behind by a week. But it hardly matters because it rains everyday in east Texas so my brother doesn't have any bees congregated. Plus it...
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    Re: Sweet clover and the snow?

    I will head out to western sd to assess the damage if any very soon. We have gotten a bit behind due to all the rain we have received in all the places we have bees. On another note, the breeders we...
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    Re: Sweet clover and the snow?

    I should clarify. I am a migratory beekeeper that is from south Dakota. I winter bees in Texas and run for honey production in SD. In western SD there was a winter storm event yesterday and last...
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    Re: Sweet clover and the snow?

    Nice to hear. It's been a crazy spring and I hope the clover hangs on.
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    Sweet clover and the snow?

    I guess I was wondering if anyone out there could tell me if sweet clover can take a snow and/or a hard freeze like down to the mid twenties? Or if there was snow would it protect the clover from the...
  15. Re: Where do you take the bees after almonds if you summer in Montana or Dakotas

    We bring them back to east Texas... but it's full. Hahahaha. Just joking. East Texas is a great place to grow new bees.
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    Re: Spring on the West Coast.

    I love beekeepers!!! It's hard not to brag just when talking regular ole bee talk... there isn't anything I can add to this thread except some cynicism.
  17. Thread: Wax Rendering

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    Re: Wax Rendering

    The guys in Dixon Ne charge about 50 cents per pound. I would cry if someone took half. Then Dadant picks it up on trade for 50 cents more over their cash price, so it's a wash.
  18. Thread: Too much rain

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    Re: Too much rain

    Pouring here like crazy now... I am just so tired of this....
  19. Thread: Too much rain

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    Re: Too much rain

    Man, I have been there.... just tonight in fact... lol. but we used two forklifts. One pulling one pushing. I see more rain is coming for us. We need it so badly in California and the Dakota's but I...
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    Re: requeening / making splits on 4-way pallets

    Also if you have large entrances, you should use an entrance block and push the flight to the outside of the pallet. Then you can get to over 90 percent take. And if they are to big use cell...
  21. Thread: Too much rain

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    Re: Too much rain

    Most of our bees lost weight in the almonds... and we need to get them out and fed before we even worry about splitting them... finally it's drying out. I think it's mostly wet because of how cold of...
  22. Thread: Too much rain

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    Too much rain

    Are any other east Texas beekeepers struggling with too much rain? Or guys in other gulf coast states? We have had such a cold wet winter and now just got 4 plus inches and then another rain...
  23. Thread: Bee Shield

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    Re: Bee Shield

    One of my beekeeper friends tells me that this product is now called apicare. I can't find it online, just the cosmetic product. Either way the guy I know that is using it claims his bees look great.
  24. Re: Any word on when bees could be released from almonds this year!

    We finally got our first bees back!!! Of course right after a 4 inch rain here...
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    Re: who hauls their own bees on their own semi

    The company that trucks my bees shows up on time every time often early. Now they are running teams so we can get two loads of bees per truck out or in to California. I would never consider owning a...
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