I am a new beekeeper only been keeping bees for 4-5 years. I am slowly getting bigger and last year was contacted by someone that wanted me to put bees on their land in exchange for honey. I have never done this before and don't know what the "going rate" is. I had 9 hives on their land last year and got a good crop of honey. I paid her 2 gallons in honey, but she wanted more, like 5 gallons.
What are you commercial guys paying for bee yards? If you exchange honey for rent, what is a fair amount? Per hive? I know ideally I should find someone that needs pollination and let them pay me, but in Montana, there are not many places like that.
If I had 50 hives per location, maybe 5 gallons of honey is fair. I don't know. Looking for advice...........I don't want to cheat her or myself.