Water report is out and West side is not getting any water allotments at all. This is talking to a grower friend of mine who is a huge west side farmer. Some of his friends canceled contracts with beekeepers and is dozing over some of the groves. Not a good out look at all. At least not for the 2nd of March.
On a good note I got a call Feb 12th while at the Huge Farm show in Tulare of a new Almond grower looking for bees for his small 20 acre place. It is the first year they are placing bees into this orchard. He wanted 15 ya I know odd number for pallets. But I had some on reg bottom boards. I did not have 15 hives but had a great person I have met and he covered the extra 2 pallets I needed for this grove. I should have enough hives next year to fully cover this grove. I placed 7 hives and took out a half hive to build up on the pollen. They are growing well. We placed them that weekend on Sat the 14th of Feb. And My friend placed the 2 pallets on the following tuesday on the next rain break. It rained that sunday-Wed so it was not a good time to move the bees in. But it got done the last of them on that Wed when it was sunny. The Grove had buds ready to open on the 14th of Feb and by that Thursday which was sunny and warm the grove was almost totally in full bloom. And the hives were bussing alive. I walked right up to my hives and looked at them with no protection on and I freaked out the grower. He yelled at me saying careful you will get hurt lmao. He was totally shocked I was that close looking at them. I got a good price I neg with the grower. WE got a contract signed and the rest of the money is due when we pick up. I have to call him as he said he might do half of that on the first of the month. So it was not as big when we picked up the bees. He said he would use me next year and we can work out something now for next year.
As far as others I have talked to many still have un placed bees. As many had there contracts reduced or canceld. I was surprized to have gotten a call from this guy as he did not find me off the internet. As he does not do the internet. I was not thinking almonda would happen this year. But it did. I know he was wanting a low price at first and I talked him up to what I got him to now. And That was a good thing. Anyway I am sorry for those that dont have placements and I am sorry for those that had losses. It is going to be a rough year for everyone. Good luck for 2009/10 pollination season
Central Ca near Fresno
Angi of HHH Farms Hanford Ca
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