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  1. #1
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    Default How many hives per acre for polination

    Had this question come up today from a customer, hes wanting to rent his hives to polinate a peach orchard? Any ideas or is there an chart of some sort?

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    Default Re: How many hives per acre for polination

    How many acres of peaches? In VA? Where?

    Two per is a good number. More worthwhile for the beekeeper. Doesn't the grower know what he wants or needs? Or is willing to pay for? Apples up here go 1 hive per 2 to four acres, I believe. I don't know if peaches need more or less.
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    Default Re: How many hives per acre for polination

    im not sure where yet, its a small growing business and i believe there just now finding out about pollination from bees, maybe 10 acers, and they have no idea. i think i may get in on the action too this fella doesnt have enough hives to rent to them

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    Default Re: How many hives per acre for polination

    I was sitting with a commercial beekeeper a few years ago while unloading bees for our cherries. We were talking about pollination work and he said that he never took bees to peaches because the growers told him that it caused too much labor thinning. I sell most of my honey at a U-pick place that has many acres of peaches. He has never brought bees into the peaches, but is considering it for some varieties. Apparently some he always has to thin without bees, but some he gets a light set and is considering trying honey bees.

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    Default Re: How many hives per acre for polination

    Out here in California they do not pollinate peaches. In fact the UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA COOPERATIVE EXTENSION 2011 SAMPLE COSTS TO ESTABLISH AND PRODUCE PEACHES do not budget for or discuss pollination.
    "Success is all about attitude"
    California Almond Pollination Services, Inc.

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    Default Re: How many hives per acre for polination

    thanks for the feedback

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