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    Re: Truck Scales - under 26K GVWR

    I just finished up this whole gig for my truck. It's a f550. 16 ft flatbed
    Law: must have us dot # and name on truck
    must keep time log for when I'm in the 150 radius keep three months in office...
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    Re: CA Pollination what if question

    Well, If I read it right it wasn't if but what would you do different so you could go. I think I would try to find grassy southern fields or a partner that could take on operations that I could...
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    Re: Know your commercial beek

    Let me introduce myself.

    Chad Ragland
    Grand Junction Colorado
    970-270-3502

    If your ever in town call me. Me casa su casa
  4. Re: Price Management for Hives (Pollination Prices)

    Some of you may use QuickBooks and question what you categorize everything as. Over the Holiday I'll be finishing a template that you can either receive by email or you can even copy it off our web...
  5. Re: Price Management for Hives (Pollination Prices)

    This post by Joe Tranyor hit close to home and is very well put

    "What is a fair rental price for almonds? A fair price is determined by first getting a firm grip on operating costs and then...
  6. Re: Price Management for Hives (Pollination Prices)

    Do any of you keepers who responded use a budget for any or all of your hives? If you don't would you ever consider to? We started one last year and found it difficult to do each hive and moved it...
  7. Price Management for Hives (Pollination Prices)

    Dear Keepers(geared towards pollinators)
    I've have talked to a lot of keepers large and small. Frankly I'm hoping the industry can launch some sort of updated business plan that would show growers...
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    Re: bees shortage in almonds

    Humm... Not an idiot, but have talked to a lot of keepers large and small. Frankly I'm hoping the industry can launch some sort of new business plan that would show growers what it takes to provide...
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    Re: Feeding With Fondant

    Bakemark of Denver. Brand is karps. No cornstarch and is made with cane sugar. It does have some corn syrup. We opperate a small bakery so we have accounts with Dawn foods and Bakemark. Bakemark had...
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    Re: If You Could Start All Over Again...

    Considering your main objective is to be persuaded one way or another, this is in no way meant to achieve that goal but hopefully you and others can celebrate the ideas. Beekeeping it really tuff no...
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    Re: Fall Migration to California.

    Going to early has not worked out for us. Were going to hold back a bit. One wise keeper said let the queens shut down... let the hive rest and then awake the spring beast just in time for almonds....
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    Re: Snow

    I prefer the hives that are strong go brood less for a time before we wake them queens up for almonds in December. It really helps break the cycle of the all mighty mite. Bring on old man winter and...
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    Re: commercial Bottom?

    Pallets are nice when they are built right.
    (forklift,tractor,skid steer,I'll assume you have access.)
    Here are some things to consider.
    If your in Indiana consider this: U clips vs. W clips. I...
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    Options for Wintering Bees

    Pros/Cons
    I have a pretty small operation, yet recently I've been talking to a few keepers with options for wintering bees. Colorado is not the best place to bee in the winter. One of my buddies...
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    Re: Feeding With Fondant

    Thank you for your thoughts everyone. FYI we do have 2 gal. feeders in every hive and I typically do mix and feed as needed but found it's too time consuming to simulate a flow or keep up with it. ...
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    Feeding With Fondant

    Not sure if any of you do this, but I've been reading that soft fondant is a very effective way to feed. I'm aware it needs to be soft and not heated above 220. Minimal water and and no other...
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    Re: Elevation Matters With That Kind of Honey!

    Steve I'm not positive, however my friend in BV did not do well with Honey flow. Very light and season is short. I think the 5,500-7,500 is ideal.

    How many hives are you running?

    Regards
    Chad
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    Elevation Matters With That Kind of Honey!

    Recently I found that some of the better Honey in Colorado is coming from higher ground. Not to say the honey mecca isn't the Dakotas, I was hoping some of you out there might be able to enlighten...
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    Re: price of honey vs. sugar

    Not to be too off subject but there ought to be a simple test like that of moonshine that would reveal fake partial or greased honey. On the sugar pricing it's just like most things, supply vs....
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    Re: What to do with queen from angry hive

    If you have time do an experiment. Mark it with a X and leave it there till spring. Next spring split the thing as much as possible and buy some reasonable queens. Keep the old queen into a single...
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    So where are you guys buying the mint... lemon...

    So where are you guys buying the mint... lemon grass... ect...?

    Thanks
    River Dog
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    Deck Paint vs. Oil to latex ect ect?

    I bought new honey supers and I'm interested in hearing of the different paint options out here for exterior finishes. Ask any painters and they say oil first then latex.

    Any one out their have...
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    1 Gal Vs. 2 Gal. Frame Feeders

    Any one out there have a preference on one or the other? It seems the 2 Gal would require less attention.

    Thanks
    Riverdog
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