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  1. #241
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    Default Re: Pollination prices

    The Fraser Valley has a very healthy population of "wild" Himalayan blackberries; so much so that it is for many beekeepers the prime nectar source for honey. Unfortunately, it is not really a commercial crop and no one pays for pollination. However, there are several varieties of farm-grown blackberries that are commercially-produced, but their bloom times tend to coincide with raspberries so the pollination is incidental. We pollinate a large raspberry grower's fields, and there is no fee for the side-by-side pollination of his blackberries.
    Jeff Lee /Honey Bee Zen Apiaries
    www.honeybeezen.com

  2. #242

    Default Re: Pollination prices

    When u do pollination do y'all ask for half on delivery. How do the big commercials cough up that much money to haul bees.

  3. #243
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    Default Re: Pollination prices

    Yes.

  4. #244
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    Default Re: Pollination prices

    Quote Originally Posted by Davidnewbeeboxbuilder View Post
    When u do pollination do y'all ask for half on delivery. How do the big commercials cough up that much money to haul bees.
    Save, scrimp, and borrow. (sparingly on the borrowing portion if at all) . Don't expect to have this happen overnight BTW. The ROI on bees varies greatly from year to year with many bad years in a row interspersed with a few glorious ones when one needs to take the winnings and hoard them for the lean times.

    Starting with no money down and growing on your own BST it might take a guy 5-10 years to earn enough to grow from one hive to a semi-load where one would have enough in the bank to haul them back and forth to the almonds from the east coast.

    Unwavering patience, dedication, and perseverance solely focused with the goal in mind is the only way to proceed.

  5. #245
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    Default Re: Pollination prices

    Well folks, were got some contracts lined up in Colusa County. $180 for 8 frame average.

  6. #246
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    Default Re: Pollination prices

    Just locked my "one load empire" at 185.00 two days ago. Modesto area.

  7. #247
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    Default Re: Pollination prices

    anyone else? i am offered same as las year $175, seems like a good price just want to know if thats on par with others.

  8. #248
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    Default Re: Pollination prices

    175 to 180 from Livingston to Colusa. I have heard a lot of talk of trying to drive prices down with the drought concerns, but there was still a net increase in acreage last year AND driving around orchards everyone has put their post-harvest water on the orchard meaning they are 90% locked into next year's production.

  9. #249
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    Default Re: Pollination prices

    Quote Originally Posted by MNbees View Post
    anyone else? i am offered same as las year $175, seems like a good price just want to know if thats on par with others.
    Your right in the ball game at that price.
    NUTRA-BEE feed supplements

  10. #250
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    Okanagan BC Canada
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    Default Re: Pollination prices

    RAK is that meaning 8 frames of brood or 8 frames of bees?

  11. #251
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    Default Re: Pollination prices

    I'm not RAK but I'm sure it's 8 frames of bees. My grower requires 6 frame average at $165 might go to $170

  12. #252
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    Quote Originally Posted by juniorbeeman View Post
    RAK is that meaning 8 frames of brood or 8 frames of bees?
    Only person who could have 8 frames of brood this time of year is Keith.
    Most of our have 4 frames of brood now.

  13. #253
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    Default Re: Pollination prices

    What's the going rate for Blueberry pollination in central Florida ?

    Thanks In advance ��
    Last edited by tommyt; 01-07-2015 at 11:46 PM.

  14. #254
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    Default Re: Pollination prices

    Anyone ???

  15. #255
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    Default Re: Pollination prices

    $60.00 to $80.00 in NC. No idea what it is in FL.
    "Most of my exercise comes from wrestling with pigs and beating dead horses."
    Mark Berninghausen



  16. #256
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    Default Re: Pollination prices

    Thanks
    People are telling me 45 I say that's a bit lite

  17. #257
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    If you are dealing with someone who needs your pollination service, I would say so. Be prepared to walk away. If that's what your fellow beekeepers are telling you, that doesn't mean you need to take low dollar. Be prepared to walk away. It isn't like you haven't been making it w/out the income so far, have you?
    "Most of my exercise comes from wrestling with pigs and beating dead horses."
    Mark Berninghausen



  18. #258
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    Default Re: Pollination prices

    I recall from a few years ago seeing a listing of crops and pollination prices through University of Florida's website. Sorry, I don't have the link. They also had a study suggesting planting of multiple types of blueberries and using honeybees, Bombus, and mason bees for pollination.

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