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    Re: What's your view on swarms?

    We all do this for a variety of reasons, and if you're good with them swarming then I guess that's fine, but as suggested until it becomes an issue for someone else. Myself, I keep bees because I...
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    Re: Maxant chain uncapper

    Ben,

    How are you planning to process the cappings?
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    Re: Centripetal force in extractors.

    I get slightly different numbers for the cowan using your data.

    cowan120=((260*2*pi/60)^2)*1.07/2/9.81 = 40.4 g's (assuming 260 RPM)

    cowan120=((280*2*pi/60)^2)*1.07/2/9.81 = 47 g's ...
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    Re: From thriving to, well... not so much

    I agree with this. You need to assess if you're queenright (eggs and open larvae). From your previous post, it seems very possible that you may have had a swarm.
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    Re: Queens and genetics

    This, in general, is good guidance. The bigger question is: why would you choose differently? You certainly wouldn't choose your worst performing queen, right? Again, in general, excluding very...
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    Re: How strong is the queen pheremone?

    I bank virgins that are planned for instrumental insemination. I always make more than needed, and part of the reason for that is that I've found that not all queens are equally "liked" based upon...
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    Re: Pesticide kill

    Its been my experience from previous years that there can be a delayed effect from some of the chems. There's the immediate massive kill of the bulk of the field force, then there's the residual kill...
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    Re: Hive Beetles...a few observations

    Tim,

    Interesting observations. I'm always concerned when I find a nuc with lots of pollen stores prior to peak SHB populations. These seem to be the most vulnerable. I also believe that SHB put a...
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    Re: Pesticide kill

    VDACS

    You can find the investigator for your area here: http://www.vdacs.virginia.gov/pesticides/directoryinvest.shtml
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    Re: Pesticide kill

    Yes, it was a restricted product applied off label.
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    Re: Queens and genetics

    I do respect your 25 years of experience and that you come from a long line of beekeepers and I really enjoy reading posts from those who have really honed their craft, so please keep contributing!!...
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    Re: Pesticide kill

    So the results are in. It was indeed a combination of insecticide + fertilizer that was applied to the fields.
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    Re: Building my own Honey Extractor

    Roland is giving you the acceleration in units of "g's". F=M*A or A=F/M (force per unit mass). One "g" is 9.81 m/s^2

    BTW, in your equation, the "v2" is linear velocity squared at a point. It is...
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    Re: Pesticide kill

    Yes, but see my post #7. Yeah, I don't know the complete make-up of the mixture, but I think there's little doubt what some of the components were. Seriously, I'd have to be a total idiot not to be...
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    Re: Lost my 1st hive to something?

    Can't say for sure what happened, but SHB do not have yellow dots. I tried to zoom in on your pictures, but its hard to say for sure. One might be a SHB, but the others look different. Larvae in...
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    Re: Queens and genetics

    ?? :scratch:

    Would you mind posting some references supporting this statement?
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    Re: Small Hive Beetles situation in your area

    Populations seemed to start the season lower than typical years, but as the season progressed I am seeing lots of beetles. I'd call this year an average. These are resourceful creatures and I think...
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    Re: Urban summer nectar flow

    1 mile from cotton means you're very likely storing cotton honey. Crepe Myrtle are great sources of pollen, if fact the cotton nectar + Crepe Myrtle pollen really help build numbers.
    Yeah, nothing...
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    Re: Not Sure

    Probably should put the box back on and prop up the outer cover so that they can get some ventilation through the hive.
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    Re: CO2 to protect honey from shb?

    Top on my list would be:

    1) extract it asap
    2) put it back on the hive until you can extract it
    3) store it inside in the AC with a fan blowing across it

    Last on my list woudl be to leave it...
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    Re: Urban summer nectar flow

    Well, bees will collect LOTS of water to cool the hive in the temps we've been seeing the past couple days. Don't know where exactly you live, but its possible that you may be a few miles from...
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    Re: Building my own Honey Extractor

    Many of the larger extractor do exactly that. See Cowan and Lyson extractors. However, I think its more about throughput than "pulsed extraction".
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    Re: Building my own Honey Extractor

    Yes, as Roland and crofter pointed out, the radial distance matters. The two key parameters in the physics of honey extraction are the radial distance away from the axis of rotation and the angular...
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    Re: Pesticide kill

    I was going to provide a detailed response of all the factors involved here, but then I just kept coming back to this



    and realized that I have much better things to do with my time.
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    Re: Pesticide kill

    If you had the audio on you'd hear me mention that.
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