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  1. #1
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    Default pollination

    How many hives should I expect to use per acre for good pollination?

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    Default Hmmmmmmmm

    Hmmmmmm. I see no answers yet. Good question. I'd like to know too. I have 12 acres with a small orchard and this year had 5 hives. We had a good crop this year. But what is the answer to Merlyn Votaw's question???

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    Default 2 or 3 Hives

    On average it seems most need 2 some more others less. Here is a link that may help in what you are looking for. http://gears.tucson.ars.ag.gov/book/

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    Lots of variables. Depends how strong your hives are; what is the crop; are there other things more attractive to the bees then the blooms on the corp that are available; etc.

    General rule is two per acre but that varies, the link Mathis provided is pretty good.
    Life is tough, but it's tougher when you're stupid. John Wayne

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    If you go to Bee Culture's website (www.beeculture.com), you can click on McGregor's Handbook of Pollination. It has a break down by crop, even telling you which crops/fruits/vegetables benefit from bee pollination. It has optimum ranges for number of hives per acre, etc. Hope that helps.

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