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  1. #21
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    Default Re: Almond pollinator's how are they lookin

    We shipped a load out last week. They looked good. We have been feeding them. How is the weather been in Calf. for the bees?

    My dad has had about a 30% lost with his hives. I have had about 60% loss.
    We still have about 3 loads to go, if we can get them out of the snow.

    Fred

  2. #22
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    Default Re: Almond pollinator's how are they lookin

    Just got back from Cali yesterday. I moved 3 of 4 semis down this week. Bees look great. Lost about 120 hives but the rest are big. Wasn't sure how they'd look since I waited so long to bring them down and they had to sit through some cold weather here in Utah, down to -20 F. The diesel in my truck even gelled! I think the cold in Utah may be easier on the bees than the foggy, drippy wet, yucky stuff we had in Cali this week?? Anyway, hopefully they'll still look good in 3 or 4 weeks when I get graded.
    -Rob Bliss
    Bliss Honey and bee supplies

  3. #23
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    Default Re: Almond pollinator's how are they lookin

    Long range weather forcast is for heavy rain starting 1-19-10, lasting at least 4 days.

  4. #24
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    Default Re: Almond pollinator's how are they lookin

    Here's the URL for NOAA:
    http://www.noaa.gov/
    Ernie
    Ernie
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  5. #25
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    Default Re: Almond pollinator's how are they lookin

    It's been raining with more rain and wind, had a tornado warning for fresno and madera counties but nothing touched down.
    " A LIE CAN TRAVLE AROUND THE WORLD, WHILE THE TRUTH IS PUTTING ON IT'S SHOE'S."

  6. #26
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    Re: Almond pollinator's how are they lookin

    Jabuary 23, 2010
    We have some sunshine in the forecast today, Sunday and Monday. More rain by Tuesday
    So, I will be feeding some Pollen Supplement plus filling the inside feeders.

    Ernie
    Ernie
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  7. #27
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    Default Re: Almond pollinator's how are they lookin

    27 and snowing here. Not the best weather for working bees.
    On the plus side:http://www.redding.com/news/2010/jan...nowpack-above/
    Its getting close to time to start moving to the orchards.

  8. #28
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    Default Re: Almond pollinator's how are they lookin

    Saw some hives placed in the orchards today south of
    Red Bluff CA today. 20 + days early
    Dan

  9. #29
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    Default Re: Almond pollinator's how are they lookin

    We are starting tonight. There is a lot of rain in the long range forecast, so best move while you can. You know how slick those orchards can be.

  10. #30
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    Default Re: Almond pollinator's how are they lookin

    Quote Originally Posted by loggermike View Post
    There is a lot of rain in the long range forecast, so best move while you can. You know how slick those orchards can be.
    LM, you make it sound like there dry at the moment.LOL good luck too you.
    NUTRA-BEE feed supplements

  11. #31
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    Default Re: Almond pollinator's how are they lookin

    Moved in a semi last night. Good thing my 550s 4X4. Never would have made it without.
    -Rob Bliss
    Bliss Honey and bee supplies

  12. #32
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    Default Re: Almond pollinator's how are they lookin

    Its gonna be lots of fun this year...lets go mud boggin...

  13. #33
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    Default Re: Almond pollinator's how are they lookin

    Just picked up my first 1 ton load.. and buried the truck.Off to a great start..

  14. #34
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    Default Re: Almond pollinator's how are they lookin

    I really really hate getting stuck in the mud. Makes me say bad words.

  15. #35
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    Default Re: Almond pollinator's how are they lookin

    Sounds like you guys need some of these
    http://www.mattracks.com/html/200_series.htm

  16. #36
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    Default Re: Almond pollinator's how are they lookin

    Hmmm,...memories of wet years getting them out...

    Sand is good. Gumbo, alkali, is bad. I bet those track layer pickups can get stuck too.

  17. #37
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    Default Re: Almond pollinator's how are they lookin

    At least they get stuck good.

    I've been hearing some bad stories on hive loss. I was just informed I'm at about 15-20% loss now and half of that was in the last 2-3 weeks. In some the boxes are just empty with no bees in them. Robbing is part of it(entrance reducers fell out) but not much. Most of the ones that are left look really good(from the guys taking care of them). Heard of another WI beek that sent 4 loads and almost 2 loads worth are empty. I think they were in TX for a while before going to CA.

  18. #38
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    Default Re: Almond pollinator's how are they lookin

    Beeslave said "Heard of another WI beek that sent 4 loads and almost 2 loads worth are empty. I think they were in TX for a while before going to CA"
    With 2 loads empty he must have known their frame count before transit. yes , no, maybe?
    Ernie
    Last edited by JohnK and Sheri; 01-30-2010 at 09:25 AM. Reason: clarification of quote
    Ernie
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  19. #39
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    Default Re: Almond pollinator's how are they lookin

    Word of mouth passed on a few times. I don't know how long they were in TX or have been in CA. Even the dumbest beek I don't think would send empty boxes but it is a possibility.

  20. #40
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    Default Re: Almond pollinator's how are they lookin

    Bees were in boxes when they were loaded 1st week of Jan.. This only one of 5 seperate stories I've run across in the past week with similar results. 3 of these stories I have confirmed from multiple sources.
    Larry Pender,Jubilee HoneyBee Company,Camarillo, CA

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