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    Ishi raises a good point. Not all varieties are...

    Ishi raises a good point. Not all varieties are compatible with one another. To make it more complex, most varieties are only 50% compatible with one another, due to the fact they share a parent in...
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    NOW or Naval Orange Worm is a major pest for...

    NOW or Naval Orange Worm is a major pest for almond growers. Peach Twig Bore and Oriental Fruit Moth are also a problem. Before the bees get moved in, most growers will put some type of pyrethroid...
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    Yea it’s quite common for growers to have...

    Yea it’s quite common for growers to have several varieties. Some growers try to limit the amount of varieties they plant in an orchard because different varieties have different harvest times. ...
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    Not overly impressed with my bees this year. My...

    Not overly impressed with my bees this year. My beek brought more hives in today and started combining all the light ones. By this afternoon I was a lot happier. My personal hives are exploding. ...
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    >>>>As for the inspection, we've been through...

    >>>>As for the inspection, we've been through that, and our bees look really good, but this CCD business has got me on edge.<<<<


    What did yours end up grading out at? I went through a couple of...
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    Spotted the first couple mutant nonpareil blooms...

    Spotted the first couple mutant nonpareil blooms today. There few and far between however. Sonora flowers can be found pretty easily. Avalon and fritz are getting close. I'd say by Monday the...
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    This freeze wont effect them, other than slowing...

    This freeze wont effect them, other than slowing them down. Were atleast 10 days later than last year.
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    I think bloom is going to be about 10 days later...

    I think bloom is going to be about 10 days later than last year. If I had to guess I say we hit mid bloom in about 42 days. Southern Valley a little sooner, up north a little later.
  9. There are some ads in the Fresno Bee but there...

    There are some ads in the Fresno Bee but there isn’t, nor has there been, any advertising for $80. Lowest signed contract that I know of is $100, the highest is $140. Most are in the $120-$130...
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    Everything that I've read says were going to be...

    Everything that I've read says were going to be in for a wet spring. The weather to date has been pretty close to what it was the last time el nino reared its head. The last couple of storms...
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    Id take a look at www.machinerytrader.com....

    Id take a look at www.machinerytrader.com. The articulating feature I see as there biggest draw. If that isn't of extreme importance there's lots used rough terrain lifts out there.
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    Is there a reason swinger is the preferred...

    Is there a reason swinger is the preferred manufacture of forklifts for beekeepers? Seems like you could pick up a host of other rough terrain forklifts far cheaper than what I see used swingers...
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    Summersetretrievers, Mason bees. At least I...

    Summersetretrievers,

    Mason bees. At least I think there the same. A grower out here has used them on a couple isolated test orchards with good results. There called Blue Orchard Bees in grower...
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    Fusion, Glad you posted those numbers, gives me...

    Fusion,
    Glad you posted those numbers, gives me something to throw out there when asked by other growers. Since I have 21 hives everyone seems to think I have a definitive answers to these kind of...
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    Bob, I don't mind getting into the discussion. I...

    Bob,
    I don't mind getting into the discussion. I think your pretty on point with regards to almond pollination. It will be very interesting to see how this year turns out. The euphoria of $3+/pound...
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    I was going to add a few things to the almond...

    I was going to add a few things to the almond pollination thread but I'll let the professionals stick to that one.
    First, $160/hive at three hives to the acre is $480/acre. Last year was an...
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    Anyone out there want to cut me a deal on another...

    Anyone out there want to cut me a deal on another 250 hives? I have yard space available to store.
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    I ended up receiving $3.02 /pound across all...

    I ended up receiving $3.02 /pound across all varieties for my 05' almond crop. 06 crop is currently selling in the $2 range and firming up a bit.(to the grower) Unless we get a absolutely wonderful...
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    The Bloom is starting to come on. My earliest...

    The Bloom is starting to come on. My earliest variety (Sonora) is starting to open up pretty consistently across the field. I'd say by about the 9th they'll be going full tilt. Nonpareil in this...
  20. Thread: EZ Frames

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    I have had some mixed results with the pierco...

    I have had some mixed results with the pierco frames this year. I caught a swarm early in the year and thought it would be a good opportunity to start it off on plastic. Well, they took to it...
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    My grandfather has an old extractor made out of a...

    My grandfather has an old extractor made out of a washing machine from the late 50's era. I doubt he's used it since some time in the 60's. It didn't have a variable speed motor on it, which he...
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    Pugs, My apologies on the poorly arranged...

    Pugs,

    My apologies on the poorly arranged sentence. What I meant was, the OSU queens are $500 ($250 untested) as opposed to their naturally mated counterparts. Available from Strachan, among...
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    So is that why NWC queens from the Ohio State...

    So is that why NWC queens from the Ohio State program are $500 for a queen when there registered breeders are only $20 apiece.

    As a side note, has anyone bought any of those OSU queens?
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    Im an almond grower who keeps atleast 6 or 7...

    Im an almond grower who keeps atleast 6 or 7 hives all year round in my equipment yard. The hives are about 30 feet away from the closest row in the middle of a 160 acre block. Of all the chemicals...
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    No, I haven't filled a report yet. They had...

    No, I haven't filled a report yet. They had Ludtke Farms painted on the side of them but nothing a quick shot of paint couldn't cover up. I had a few pallets of bees out in a vegetable field along...
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