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  1. #21
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    Default Lowered production

    With the poor outlook on the westside you would think that growers would cut back on bees or as jgbee mentioned cut trees but they won't because all during these good years they've been buying CROP INSURANCE and establishing production records. To collect when the bad year comes they must perform all normal cultural practices, including 2 colonies per acre and carry through to the end of the season harvest, whatever that may be. This system benefits the beekeeper too by providing stability in demand.

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    Thats right . So while we should be aware of the growers problems, they need to know that keeping bees alive aint no picnic either, and our costs have also skyrocketed.

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    Default Costs

    And then of course the funny thing is that for instance pollination fees or almond meat prices are not affected directly by cost of production but by that old song and dance, SUPPLY and DEMAND. Right now almond production costs are escalating yet hardshells are selling (?) at $1.30 lb., considered a low price these days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom G. Laury View Post
    but they won't because all during these good years they've been buying CROP INSURANCE and establishing production records..
    This does not apply too ALL.

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    Big Grin

    Quote Originally Posted by loggermike View Post
    they need to know that keeping bees alive aint no picnic either, and our costs have also skyrocketed.
    Aw, come on Mike, the bees do all the work. LOL

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    Default Keith

    Hi

    maybe not ALL but anybody with average or better crops or anybody with financing. Seems like a good thing right now.

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