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  1. #1
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    Default Next year (2013) an estimated 1.7 to 1.8 million hives will be required to Almonds.

    According to an article by Kim Flottum there will be a demand for 100,000 to 200,000 additional hives to pollinate California's almond crop.

    Read his very interesting article "Catch the Buzz- Almond Crop Prediction"

    http://home.ezezine.com/1636/1636-20...1.archive.html
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    Default Re: Next year (2013) an estimated 1.7 to 1.8 million hives will be required to Almond

    Ah gee... not again.

    where's the popcorn at....
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    Default Re: Next year (2013) an estimated 1.7 to 1.8 million hives will be required to Almond

    Not to worry Kieth, the brokers of California have burned alot of "easterners" financially over the years. So the likes of people like me that are palletized and could go west will just stay home were it is safe and make honey crops. Pass the popcorn please. TED
    ALABAMA BEE COMPANY-A member of the Sioux Honey association -*Sweetening a golden tommorrow*

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    Default Re: Next year (2013) an estimated 1.7 to 1.8 million hives will be required to Almond

    Keith is gonna have to fire up the Nutra-Bee plant to mass production or juice up the formula to meet those #s! "Pass the Nutra-Bee please!

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    Default Re: Next year (2013) an estimated 1.7 to 1.8 million hives will be required to Almond

    Spruce & Ted...... I hear you loud and clear.

    I started and co-wrote "California dreamin" ABJ with Randy Oliver back in 2008, over misleading statements by back seat brokers.

    Carry on & don't beleive everything you hear that comes out of Calif.

    popcorn please.
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    Default Re: Next year (2013) an estimated 1.7 to 1.8 million hives will be required to Almond

    California almond pollination: it's done to beekeepers what crack cocaine has done to drug addicts. Nope never going out there again, I'm quitting "cold turkey" next year for sure. Nothing is going to lure me out there again.......wait a minute, even more hives are needed you say?......how much you paying?.......hmmmmmm.
    "People will generally accept facts as truth only if the facts agree with what they already believe."- Andy Rooney

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    Default Re: Next year (2013) an estimated 1.7 to 1.8 million hives will be required to Almond

    Ted, is that bees on comb ruler EVER enforced in bama?

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    Default Re: Next year (2013) an estimated 1.7 to 1.8 million hives will be required to Almond

    To get 1.7-1.8 million colonies for almond pollination would require every grower to use more than two hives per acre. Young orchards do not reaquire two hives per acre. Also, one thing that does not get mentioned is that many growers use less than two hives per acre and some do not get any bees at all. You would be amazed at how many small growers think that they don't have to get bees because their neighbor gets them.

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    Default Re: Next year (2013) an estimated 1.7 to 1.8 million hives will be required to Almond

    If you are a pollinator, you can come into Alabama by a compliance agreement with the state. If you are a pollinator that lives in Alabama, you can go out say to Almonds and Cranberries by a compliance agreement with the state. Did you here the one about the chinese tallow or gallberry honey crop that the out of state beekeeper made while he was in state by compliance pollinating yellow crooked neck squash and cantelopes....... Catch my drift. TED
    ALABAMA BEE COMPANY-A member of the Sioux Honey association -*Sweetening a golden tommorrow*

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    Default Re: Next year (2013) an estimated 1.7 to 1.8 million hives will be required to Almond

    Jim, I have done my fair share years past in the Almonds in the Fresno, Maderra and Bakersfield areas. The bees did the best in the Fresno area. The Bakersfield areas are just an alkali sand pit waiting to kill bees. And yes I say I will never go back. I hope I do not eat my words. With the price of honey around a 1.80 a pound and maybe higher for some varietals, one really has to weigh is it worth all the time and headache getting those bees ready for the Almonds. I was never able to achieve the sacred 8 frames of bees count. Six good frames of honeybees is about the best we can send out of Alabama at that time of the year due to the elevation and position of our state along the Gulf of Mexico. TED
    ALABAMA BEE COMPANY-A member of the Sioux Honey association -*Sweetening a golden tommorrow*

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    Default Re: Next year (2013) an estimated 1.7 to 1.8 million hives will be required to Almond

    Quote Originally Posted by Keith Jarrett View Post

    I started and co-wrote "California dreamin" ABJ with Randy Oliver back in 2008, over misleading statements by back seat brokers.

    Carry on & don't beleive everything you hear that comes out of Calif.
    Now that's a honest statement, forget the popcorn, time to put the boots on.
    "Success is all about attitude"
    California Almond Pollination Services, Inc.

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    Default Re: Next year (2013) an estimated 1.7 to 1.8 million hives will be required to Almond

    yeah dont send your bee's out there they will all come back with mites and viruses. but ill send mine and they will come back strong and every one will have a $100 bill tucked right under the cover.

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    Default Re: Next year (2013) an estimated 1.7 to 1.8 million hives will be required to Almond

    Quote Originally Posted by Ted Kretschmann View Post
    Not to worry Kieth, the brokers of California have burned alot of "easterners" financially over the years. So the likes of people like me that are palletized and could go west will just stay home were it is safe and make honey crops. Pass the popcorn please. TED
    We are happy that Steve took care of us and our bees over the winter and through the almonds, thats one broker that didn't burn the keeper anyway.

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    Default Re: Next year (2013) an estimated 1.7 to 1.8 million hives will be required to Almond

    I'm with Ted, it's not worth it at the 1.90 paid right now for citrus honey, keeping them here for honey production puts more than a 100 bill under the lid and the bees are much better than being beat up on pollination. It's a long winter trying to ready bees for the road and a lot of work.

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