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  1. #1
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    May 2004
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    Blountstown, Florida
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    I have had an offer from a local farmer to let me put my hives on his hayfields.

    He grows "Perenial Peanut" hay. This is a peanut plant that grows foilage and makes great hay, but no peanuts. Sort of like a Bartlett Pear tree.

    Does anyone have any info or experience with this stuff ? BILLIONS of flowers..... looks REAL inviting, but then again, so do azaleas, and I know I have never seen a honeybee anywhere near an azalea, in fact, they are toxic. So............
    Any 411 ???

  2. #2
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    May 2004
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    Okay,
    Gonna give this question one round of CPR asnd then assume nobody else knows about this stuff either.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    Raleigh, North Carolina
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    this link

    http://gears.tucson.ars.ag.gov/book/chap3/peanut.html

    makes a little reference to it in the "pollinator" section

    Dave

  4. #4
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    Mar 2006
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    Coastal North Carolina
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    Born and raised on a farm in Southampton County Virginia whos main money crop was peanuts. The Virginia runners was the variety we planted. Peanuts will provide a long blossom window and honeybees will carry large amounts of pollen but never heard of large honey crops. Must keep in mind that observation was 50+ years ago and many changes have taken place in both varietes of peanuts and honeybees.

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