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  1. #1
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    Default Moving into almond pollination 2009.

    Good Luck to all you beekeepers moving into the 2009 almond pollination?
    I hope that your moving is uneventful and smooooth.
    Ernie Lucas
    Queen Breeder
    Last edited by BEES4U; 02-05-2009 at 06:57 AM. Reason: Typo
    Ernie
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    Hey thanks Ernie, everything went well, very uneventful this year.
    -Rob Bliss
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    Default everything went well, very uneventful this year.

    Very uneventful is what I like to hear.
    We finally got some rain!
    Ernie
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    So do you think the rain will increase the demand for bees? Will growers try to produce a crop? I guess it's only a rain and not 10-20 rains like it sounds some areas need.

    Jean-Marc

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    Default So do you think the rain will increase the demand for bees?

    The rain is welcomed for the bees to survive until pollination time 2010.
    Queen production was cut short last year because of the lack of rainfall.
    Ernie
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    Mine havent gotten across border yet....in NV tonight and should cross into CA tomorrow. If it is like last year...well someone might have to bail me out of jail!

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    "someone might have to bail me out of jail!" Hopefully it won't come to that. They can be a real pain down there. Just keep your pallets clean underneath and you'll be fine.
    -Rob Bliss
    Bliss Honey and bee supplies

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    This site has gotten awfully slow recently, must be show time. Good luck.

    Jean-Marc

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    Quote Originally Posted by jean-marc View Post
    ...... must be show time...
    Yeah, the rubber is really hitting the road this week.
    Even though ours went in smooth and uneventful I won't truly relax til we have the money in the bank.
    At least it looks like good weather to be moving them.
    Good luck everyone.
    Sheri

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    Been down in the almonds all week.This is always the first orchard to bloom in the area we are in(pic taken yesterday).Looks like rain and cool temps are coming for the next week or two.
    http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b2...IMG_0032-1.jpg

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    WOW, great pic. I always wanted to be out there for the bloom, it is gorgeous.
    Where abouts are you? I didn't think they were that far along anywhere yet.
    Sheri

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    Thats in the northern Sacramento Valley around Corning.Most of the orchards aren't that far along yet.

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    Loggermike:

    Do you think that the forecasted rain may make some farmers changer their minds about this season? Some guys were apparently not getting bees because of water issues. Will the rain change their mind? They still have that chance. So, what says your crystal ball?

    Jean-Marc

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    Angry

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    Well we are sitting at Truckee waiting for identification of a larva found under a handhold....probably a box elder bug. All pallets were pressure washed and cleaned....looked like new...but its hard to get everything. Last year I sat in the heat in Needles 76 hours (3+days) waiting for them to identify a larva.....was a wax moth larva as we replaced some hive bodies and one evidentially had a wax moth larva in it. The bees pulled it out onto the truck bed and it took the brilliant people in Ca with PHD after their name that long to figure out it was something sold in every fish bait store in the US>>>!!! What a waste of taxpayer money! Now they look for fire ants although they already have them!!

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    My gut feeling is its too little too late.Even if the rest of the wet season was above normal,there is still the environmentalist issue with the delta smelt. Some growers know they aren't going to get the water they need, so that has created an oversupply of bees.Its gonna be tough this year.Long term still looks good though.

    http://www.freshplaza.com/news_detail.asp?id=37612
    http://www.sacbee.com/topstories/story/1606011.html

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    Sutton,

    I've heard they're harder down there by needles, I've never had to so through that inspection station. Sorry to hear of the troubles - You're right about California, they know how to waste tax payer money better than the rest. I don't even want to get started on the stupid smelt. Some stupid non-native fish is more important than our livelyhoods.
    -Rob Bliss
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    Good Luck Sutton on getting into the state before your bees are impacted. They can be really idiotic with those inspections. This fall a friend of ours got hung up because they found a drone larva and couldn't figure out what strange invasive species it was. Sheesh! Lucky it wasn't a weekend, that can be the worse time to go through because they can't find the "experts" to identify the obvious.
    We got stopped at Needles last year with no bees on our one ton at all, but we did have a few bee boxes with reducers in them. They dug around in the reducers and took flashlights to those boxes looking for hive beetles. This was on a truck coming out of Wisconsin in November, not much chance of beetles. No wonder the state is going broke (I know, California, cheap shot, sorry )
    Sheri

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    dont go through needles if you can help it.

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    I'll give the not going tru needles 10 amens ..but since I'm stuck in Truckee not sure it matters but at least its 23 degrees andnot 80.....much better on the bees. BIg thing to me is they dont look at most other loads like they do bees....some trucks go in and they dont even look at the with construction materials.....also a beekeeper friend of mine said thedont even clean his hives in Wisconisn...just ships them.....since I'll be in Wi this summer I may ship from there but I hate putting them in a holding yard that long!

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    Default 10 4 Lake Thompson

    Needles is the worst. Videl junction about 50 miles south is well worth the extra miles. Don't get me started.

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