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    Default Pollination prices

    I wonder if we can get a thread going for the posting of the going or standard pollination rates for various crops.

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    Default Re: Pollination prices

    Sure, but it can very, by state, and contract.

    My pollination price on apples in NY for 2010 will be $60.00 for orders less than 200 colonies and $55.00 for orders of 200 plus.

    Cranberries $60.00/ colony.

    That's about all I pollinate. Unless some of my bees go to CA.
    Mark Berninghausen #youmatter

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    Asking 55 for blueberries in NC. We'll see how everyone winters before that's in stone though.

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    Default Re: Pollination prices

    What is the duration of polination? Approximately?

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    Default Re: Pollination prices

    Quote Originally Posted by doc25 View Post
    What is the duration of polination? Approximately?
    About three weeks. But it veries according to weather and the bloom.
    Mark Berninghausen #youmatter

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    Default Re: Pollination prices

    Depends on plant and weather. You have a "be here" date and the pullout date is tentative. They usually hold for blueberries 4 to 6 weeks.

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    Default Re: Pollination prices

    Mark:

    Do you ever get any honey on the cranberry pollination? I do some here and usually nothing. It coincides with our main honeyflow, but too many hives around and not enough forage.

    Jean-Marc

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    Quote Originally Posted by sqkcrk View Post
    Sure, but it can very, by state, and contract.

    My pollination price on apples in NY for 2010 will be $60.00 for orders less than 200 colonies and $55.00 for orders of 200 plus.

    Cranberries $60.00/ colony.

    That's about all I pollinate. Unless some of my bees go to CA.
    What about charrys what price for them and how many hives per acer I think its 2 hives per acer and about $60 a hive is that rite im in WA state cherry orchard is in oregon sorry new to beesource thought i would ask something

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    Default Re: Pollination prices

    2011 Almond prices are $140

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    Default Re: Pollination prices

    There is an ad in the Modesto Bee for bees at $145. At these prices I am sure glad I am using my own bees for pollinating my almonds.

    The last two years I had huge winter losses (over 50%) and had to rent bees for the first time in 20 years. This year is defiantly better and my winter losses are less running than 10%.
    Steve

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    Default Re: Pollination prices

    We are in the Fresno - Coalinga area.

    Yeasterday 1/25/11 I visted a grower near Coalinga (told me we charged to much at $140.00) He paid $110.00 for dead bees shiped out from back east. There were tens of thousands of dead bees which were being cleaned out by the worker bees, in some places they were 2 inches thick in a 2' X 2' area outside the hive. I would be supprised if the queens were even alive. I told him we sold dead bees for only $1.00 per pound and for what he paid for the number of dead bees he had, he could of saved $60.00 per hive.

    Has anyone heard "you get what you pay for"

    Why would you risk your annual income for a few dollars??

    Cheap things are of no value, Valuable things are not cheap!

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    Default Re: Pollination prices

    Quote Originally Posted by Taylors_Bees View Post
    What about charrys what price for them and how many hives per acer I think its 2 hives per acer and about $60 a hive is that rite im in WA state cherry orchard is in oregon sorry new to beesource thought i would ask something
    I haven't pollinated cherries, but that seems about right, 2/acre. As far as price, I would suggest you try for more than $60.00, unless other beekeepers are lower. But I would still try to be higher than others. Someone has to push the price up, the growers aren't going to suggest it.

    I raised my pollination price one year, after having the same price for many years. One grower said, "About time, wasn't it?" They know it costs to keep bees going.
    Mark Berninghausen #youmatter

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    Default Re: Pollination prices

    We have almost 2,000 hives here in Fresno, Ca we expect Almond Prices to be $150.00 per. We are 100% booked...but "the checks are in the mail"

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    Default Re: Pollination prices

    Speculation on prices always comes around at this time. I suggest that if you can get $150 for 8 frames of bees you lock that in NOW. I know I would.
    Last edited by JohnK and Sheri; 09-05-2010 at 01:54 PM. Reason: off topic
    Life is tough, but it's tougher when you're stupid. John Wayne

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    Default Re: Pollination prices

    We are a small co-op and our prices have a floor and a ceiling.
    Depending on the growers' yeild and price, the price could range from 140. to 170.
    Growers receive Patronage dividends the higher the prices are in relation to their yeild/market price. Their net cost (spot price) is based on several factors yeild, price per pound, 3 year average. We are quoting a spot price of 150. If they have a good year the price may increase up to 15% of their gross per acre.

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    Default Re: Pollination prices

    So Shouse, your price goes up 15% in a good year, or just the growers? What about in a bad year, would your price go down 15% in a bad year?

    Jean-Marc

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    Default Re: Pollination prices

    The quick answer is yes.
    The long answer is:
    For this coming year the maximum price will not exceed $170.00 usd, the lowest price will not go below $140.00.
    We all agreed, after much debates, to set the "spot price" of the hive rental at $150.00 for this coming season.
    This was based on several factors including last years yield and what we anticipate this year (which is looking very good), the cost of managing the bees (including colony losses). As an example; if a grower ends the year with a gross per acre of $5,600 and we had set the spot price at the $150.00 that grower would end up paying $170.00 per hive (the ceiling). On the other hand if the grower has a bad year and receives $3,800 that grower would receive a "rebate" of $10.00 per hive. The formula for determing the floor and the ceiling and any dividends are propriety.
    We also set up a patronage dividend account and rebate profits carried over from previous years. The effect of this is that if the expense of the hives do not increase in relation to the revenue i.e. we do not incurr heavy winter bee losses, the growers as well as the beekeepers share in this profit.
    Hope that helps.....or is it clear as mud?

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    Default Re: Pollination prices

    Does anyone get payed for buckwheat pollination ? How much ? Or should I just be happy with all the buckwheat honey I get and sell for a premium around here.
    Also, seems there is more and more canola going in around here. Is there any market for canola pollination.
    The only pollination I do now is some apples $55 colony, and I only have to move the bees a 20 minute drive.

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    Default Re: Pollination prices

    OH BOY, here we go again. Honeys not even stacked in the warehouse and beekeepers got the almond dollar signs in their eyes. The price will be what the price will be when all the bees that are going are there. If there is a shortage you will get paid good. If there is an excess of bees the price will soften and your junk will be lined with a big red marker and you will not get paid. IT IS WHAT IT IS WHEN IT IS. you can hold out till the very last second and make an extra 15/hive or end up on the side of I-5 with your bees holding a sign that reads " Bees for rent.....cheap"
    Last edited by Barry; 12-22-2010 at 09:29 AM.

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    Big Grin Re: Pollination prices

    little extra time on your hands this morning, Simple?
    NUTRA-BEE feed supplements

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