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  1. Re: Oct 1st today who's still extracting honey???

    Ive got contract honey sitting up in pulled supers, Ive gotta clear our a bottling tank for it. bleh.
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    Re: Nuc production cost

    jean's point on labor and dwindle is an excellent point. They do love to dwindle. Specially down here in the 105 degree heat
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    Re: Nuc production cost

    if you graft and throw together junk boxes to sale, the profit margin is close to selling dope. really. without the jail time
  4. Re: Yearly business plan - realistic or not? What else should I account for?

    Im staring at the Gap Uninsurable crop leaflet. I use it for watermelons, but it has honey on the list. I will be trying it out next year. As for the production tag to rainfall they use for hay...
  5. Re: Yearly business plan - realistic or not? What else should I account for?

    Gap insurance for honey is only 250 bucks. Go to FSA/USDA and inquire. It is 100% worth your time. Also, fumigillin is OK, but just feed honey bee healthy in your syrup. Haven't had an outbreak in...
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    Re: HLS or FDA Honeyhouse Inspections

    wow. That's federal dollars at work, rattle the sabre then... do nothing. Sounds like a good way to get fined for no reason. I wouldn't get one unless you really really need it, Mark.
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    Re: Costco Honey

    Its that burned motor oil honey that says mixed source and includes any Asian country, especially India, Indonesia, or Vietnam that you have to look out for. That's pretty much guaranteed Chinese
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    Re: Payment on Pollination

    yea. I get invited to the pig pickins etc. Since I'm dealing entirely close to home now, I find service and good PR go a long ways. The last operator bringing 5 frames, and me bringing minimum 8s,...
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    Re: Payment on Pollination

    up front. Orchard operators are loaded. And all money for the growing season is borrowed before the season. They have it. If they flake about being able to pay it, what makes you think they can...
  10. Re: Ready for winter... ready for the almonds?

    So you're saying they pay to keep the operation alive purely to know they'll keep having bees to rent?
  11. Re: Ready for winter... ready for the almonds?

    I sure am glad my business plan dosent include california or a couple of these posts woulda been a good excuse to drink...
  12. Re: 10 acres of Pumpkins in full bloom, Amish soaking them with Sevin!?!?!!!!!

    oh hippies. stop presuming that everything is as simple as the most expensive solution. Sevin is dirt cheap.
  13. Re: 10 acres of Pumpkins in full bloom, Amish soaking them with Sevin!?!?!!!!!

    well I have PM resistant pumpkins, two varieties, but downy mildew kicked in and one variety is handling that much better. to be specific tilt bravo. I like ridamil but its 780 a gallon. Def not...
  14. Re: 10 acres of Pumpkins in full bloom, Amish soaking them with Sevin!?!?!!!!!

    lol to guns. Not much pesticide problems on mine, and with the right chems it dosen't hurt the bees more than what the rest of the ag crows is dousing the world in. As far as spray on pumpkins, it's...
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    Re: Drawing comb

    yes. You really have to stay on top of them. If you really want to push you can extract that syrup, water it down again and refeed it. The point is to stimulate. It's all about how hard you want to...
  16. Re: 10 acres of Pumpkins in full bloom, Amish soaking them with Sevin!?!?!!!!!

    Thiodane aka Endosulfan, 8 hours toxicity, or Asana aka Esfenvalerate no toxicity to bees on blooms once dry. Both will drop bees on the spot if they're sprayed. Take it from me. I have bees, and...
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    Re: Drawing comb

    you'll have to be careful about getting them bound, seems to be a problem I have more often with attempting to feed out and pull. Keep rotating the combs, you'll find they'll need to be moved over...
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    Re: Commercials Using Apigaurd

    It's good stuff. We did a single application in late feb and it got the levels low low low, now if it will ever cool off...
  19. Re: How do you wind down your colonies as the season draws to an end?

    ^^^ Experience. These Canucks are good with short season stuff.
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    Re: Putting bees on cotton and soybeans

    you dont. Local farmers dont spray me. These guys with the coal mines they're selling or whatnot with the hundreds of thousands of acres come in with tall boys and spray whenever however bloom be......
  21. Re: How do you wind down your colonies as the season draws to an end?

    I'm saying fans, a hot house that is air tight, and dehumidifiers plumbed out will drastically reduce water content of honey. As to specific equipment I know some canucks were using a closed circuit...
  22. Re: How do you wind down your colonies as the season draws to an end?

    yea... you know I extract 75% green and dry it down with fans and dehumidifiers... I dont know why everyone is so afraid of green honey. booga booga. It extacts in the 20's and dries to the teens. I...
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    Re: Diluting HFCS

    AND, buy pickles while youre there. They're ridiculously cheap and ridiculously good.
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    Re: Diluting HFCS

    Larry, its a big high flow pump, barrels fill in like 15 seconds. I get it in 250 gallon totes. They sell totes too, you can probably buy one if you're there and fill it. All theyve had in them is...
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    Re: Diluting HFCS

    no, I dont make hfcs. I buy it from mt olive. to buy it anywhere else if youre close to ncarolina is... stupid. its .26 per lb. thats 16 oz, no magical hooha about hundred weight. right off the rail...
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