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    Re: The joys of buckwheat

    I invested in a used seed drill this year. I drilled my first acre of buckwheat on June 28. It came up beautifully and continues to bloom and grow. Today is the first day we have had any serious...
  2. Re: British MP Demands Immediate Ban on Neonicotinoid Pesticides that Kill Bees

    Here is a study from 2008 on a method for detection:

    Determination of neonicotinoid insecticides residues in bovine milk samples by solid-phase extraction clean-up and liquid chromatography with...
  3. Re: British MP Demands Immediate Ban on Neonicotinoid Pesticides that Kill Bees

    The point is that Bayer and its ilk influence the science. We see it every day in the pharmaceutical industry. The scientists are either paid directly or indirectly. You would not beleive the...
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    Re: SHB in NE Ohio???

    They hit me last year. As pointed out above, they fly. I never bought any queens or packages, I raise my own queens. They just showed up. The bee inspector warned me the year before.
  5. Re: British MP Demands Immediate Ban on Neonicotinoid Pesticides that Kill Bees

    I am going to make my pollination clients sign a statement that they agree not to use insecticides containing imidacloprid or neonicotoids this year. I am curious to see how they respond. Just made...
  6. Re: British MP Demands Immediate Ban on Neonicotinoid Pesticides that Kill Bees

    Bayer is a really bad company... See my blog: http://www.yazyasminandyou.com/2009/05/ugly-history-of-yasminyazs-manufacturer.html . Bayer was quick to manufacture evidence that it was NOT at fault...
  7. Re: Aggressive Bees - why so suddenly? Requeen now, or spring?

    I agree with Michael and Oldtimer. This time of year even gentle colonies can get agressive. I had a hive go into winter that was the worst ever in terms of behaviour, brought it back from a...
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    Re: closing up mating nucs

    Awesome pics thanks guys
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    Re: closing up mating nucs

    OK thanks my 2 frame and 5 frame nucs are fine, but the problem is my mini nucs, homemade, yes they are getting robbed out and not sure how to save the brood. Probalby need to build something to...
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    closing up mating nucs

    What do you guys do at the end of the year with the bees / brood in your mini mating nucs?
  11. Re: Two frame medium mating nucs . . . . feeder?

    When I set them up I put in one frame of brood (hopefully with some open nectar and pollen) and one frame of honey, usually some open nectar. My 2 framers are stand alone. I tried to put a hole in...
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    Re: Queen balled and killed after marking her

    I agree with Wasson I am thinking the paint wasn't dry
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    Re: Dadant 20 Frame Extractor

    I have the Maxant 20 frame, very nice. I can't understand why you would want a bigger outlet? I had used the Mann Lake 18 frame extractor for years ... and the Maxant is a dream... I just ordered...
  14. Re: Tips for marking my queen for the first time

    Michael Palmer:
    I have been holding her by the legs with my left hand. your method seems better. here is my question:

    Did you mean:

    ?
    Thanks.
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    Re: Mini Mating Nucs

    I was going to suggest the same thing as Russell did. I made up a cross bar so the mini nuc frames can fit in a regular super, then placed over a hive so they would draw it out, then restricted a...
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    Re: Queen introduction help

    Yes. No adult bees should be in a push in cage. http://www.glenn-apiaries.com/QnIntroInstr.html . Also reading on Glenn Apiary site it says to include open nectar under the cage. This could be for...
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    Re: Two frame mating nuc

    I agree with BDT. frame of open brood is best for one, ideally the other one will have open nectar and pollen. Not always possible to find this. I do have some 2 frame medium nucs which work...
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    Re: Queen introduction help

    The attendants or other worker bees will feed the queen. The queen will ask for food and they will give it to her and I think this is one way she spreads her pheromones through the hive.
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    Re: Queen introduction help

    She won't starve don't worry
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    Re: Queen introduction help

    It wasn't clear if you are using a push in cage. If not, then do so and be sure to put the cage over emerging brood. You could also remove the frame with emerging brood into a separate nuc for a...
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    Re: Pull queen cells off plastic fondations

    Maybe I misunderstand your post, but if you have queen cells on drawn comb with plastic foundation I think you can get them off. Depends on how they built the cells, but I once harvested a dozen...
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    Re: Mating flights

    Wow, sorry to hear that
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    Re: Mating flights

    I would not put my mating nucs anywhere close to another hive. You want them someplace else, at least 20 feet and hopefully further away from regular hives, and scattered out from each other by at...
  24. Thread: Soy Beans

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    Re: Soy Beans

    I am guessing the hot nights is correct. I have not had a crop off the beans for 8 years. blue blossoms on most of the beans but I am smack dab in the middle of bean country and believe me very...
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    Re: Marking Queens

    Yes testors' model paint is what I use. Just shake up the bottle and then there is enough paint on the inside of the cap lid. I just use the end of a weed, like a timothy stem if I am only marking...
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