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  1. #121
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    Default Re: Pollination prices

    Around here, in the Fraser Valley (south-west B.C.), the commercial pollinator I worked for last year gave the following price ranges for pollination contracts when he was lecturing at the Bee Masters 2012 course:

    Blueberries - $75 to $100 per colony
    Raspberries - $50 per colony
    Cranberries - $115 per colony
    Pumpkin/Squash - $50 per colony
    Apples, etc - $50 per colony

    A few caveats would be:
    - a standard pollination unit here is usually defined as a single brood box containing a laying queen, 8 frames of bees including at least 4 frames of brood in all stages.
    - large contracts will be on the lower end of the scale (or less, for example, some big guys try to lowball at ~$60 for blueberries in order to get contracts). Small-scale beekeepers can get the higher prices for smaller contracts the commercial operations don't want to bother with.
    - this year prices may be a bit higher on average due to a shortage of colonies for blueberry pollination contracts. Normally there is a larger presence of big commercial operators from Alberta in this area through blueberry pollination, but due to poor spring weather (and colony growth) for the past few years many have decided not to pour packages or over-winter colonies here.

  2. #122
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    Default Re: Pollination prices

    I just started pollinating and am getting $75.00 per colony for pumpkins in VA. in NC I have a contract at $100.00 a colony. I have been getting calls non-stop for the pumpkins beginning about two weeks ago.

  3. #123
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    Default Re: Pollination prices

    I'm getting $65 for everything, Pumpkins, Apples, Strawberries, Watermelon, but next year I plan to structure the pricing differently, and raise prices to a minimum of $75

  4. #124
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    Default Re: Pollination prices

    What's wrong w/ $85.00?
    Mark Berninghausen "That which works, persists."

  5. #125
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    Default Re: Pollination prices

    In your contract what is the timespan for a typical contract; or is it different based on the crop? ie. Gage is getting $65 for "everything" but is that for a month or for 8 weeks, or the period of the entire bloom?

  6. #126
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    Default Re: Pollination prices

    each crop is different, for instance Watermellons is about 8 weeks thus the reason I plan to raise prices next year for that particular crop. Apples are only two weeks but I won't go below $75 for any crop since it is as much work to bring the bees out for two weeks as it is for four.

  7. #127
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    Default Re: Pollination prices

    I haved heard of vegetable crop pollinators who get paid every time the trailer load of hives is moved to a new crop. Do these hives make any honey crop at all? Or is the income exclusiovely from the pollination? How often would those hives need feeding?
    Mark Berninghausen "That which works, persists."

  8. #128
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    Default Re: Pollination prices

    Quote Originally Posted by sqkcrk View Post
    . Do these hives make any honey crop at all? Or is the income exclusiovely from the pollination? How often would those hives need feeding?
    Not unless they are close to a swamp or bay..... I feed them once while on the melons.... seems to tide them over. Bees will starve on any of the crops I am involved with... blueberries included.
    “Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you have travelled.” - The Quran

  9. #129
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    Default Re: Pollination prices

    One of my buddies got $140 (out of $165 total) from a broker for almonds out here in California this recent February. Another averaged $163 / colony direct, and the luckiest of all got $250 / hive during the last week before the flowers opened.

    Now, these guys overwinter out here in the eucalyptus and feed the hello out of them. They have 12 to 14 frames of brood and are increasing hard when pollination starts. You need to put a pollen trap on them a day or two before the flowers start accepting the pollen.

    Avocadoes got $40 to $45 per hive and they need a lot of them. All the trees near the beehives are loaded with young avocadoes, and those a few trees away aren't that impressive. Some varieties need an attractant sprayed onto the flowers to get the bees interested in them.

    We all should talk about prices instead of being tight-lipped. It helps prevent unintentional low-balling. I got low-balled while I was en route to buy 30 more hives for a "desperate" avocado grower. That trip cost us $240 in fuel and misc. trip expenses. Now I have to think twice about helping that guy again next time...

    We don't get much for orange trees - the nectar flow is so strong that lots of guys are happy just to get the honey. One of the few crops that make lots of honey in this monoculture world.

    Sage was almost non-existent this season, but buckwheat and sumacs were good. Mostly a fair to poor year this year in Southern California.
    Last edited by kilocharlie; 07-25-2012 at 05:46 PM. Reason: omission

  10. #130
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    Default Re: Pollination prices

    May be old news to many, but the article has good data on hive strength -vs- pollination efficiency, as well as some data on 2012 almond contract prices

    http://scientificbeekeeping.com/2012...nation-update/

    It was an eye opener for me!

  11. #131
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    Default Re: Pollination prices

    Big THANK YOU, TooFarGone! That was an excellent article. Randy Oliver writes well and backs up his facts. I love his passing along websites and studies in his bibliography.

    Again, THANK YOU!

  12. #132
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    Deleted by TooFarGone- Wrong forum, sorry!

  13. #133
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    Default Re: Pollination prices

    As usual Randy gives us lots and lots of good insight.
    "People will generally accept facts as truth only if the facts agree with what they already believe."- Andy Rooney

  14. #134
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    Default Re: Pollination prices

    Any updates?

  15. #135
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    Default Re: Pollination prices

    I was offered $165. yesterday. A broker called and needed 1100. I was also offered $140. Another broker.
    My hives are all spoken for, so they will have to keep looking.
    His Hive Honey Farm - Do all for His glory!

  16. #136
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    Default Re: Pollination prices

    I was offered $150 and 130 for 4-6 framers

  17. #137
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    Default Re: Pollination prices

    Yes, they are looking and there appears to be a shortage at the moment.
    -Rob Bliss
    Bliss Honey and bee supplies

  18. #138
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    Default Re: Pollination prices

    And yet there are friends of mine who are not sending as many hivess to CA as they have in the past. One or two semi loads less.
    Mark Berninghausen "That which works, persists."

  19. #139
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    Default Re: Pollination prices

    The "signal" plants - Bradford Callery Pear and Willow - that bloom right before the almonds do are blooming right now in So.Cal. The almonds should be blooming in less than 2 weeks. If you get a call this late, ask for your highest price!

    We had a fairly poor Eucalyptus bloom - this was the typical "off year" for most trees - and the rain has been very light so far. Late, heavy spring rains could save the year, but so far, 2013 is not looking that good for honey production around here. I hope to get up in an airplane again as soon as Spring bloom begins and do some scouting.

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    Default Re: Pollination prices

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