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    Default Mark's (sqkcrk) Blueberry Pollination in Maine

    I'm posting these for Mark as he does not have access to a computer. Pictures taken with his phone.


    "The first set to pick up and the loading yard too."


    "Blueberries as far as the eye can see. In every direction from there."


    "Truck and loader to gather pallets of hives to take back to semi. Used two other 6 wheelers too. Started about 7:30 and finished 2:45."
    Regards, Barry

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    Default Re: Mark's (sqkcrk) Blueberry Pollination in Maine

    That is so different than the kind of blueberries i am used to. As Mark has said "Have Smoker- will travel".
    “Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you have travelled.” - The Quran

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    Default Re: Mark's (sqkcrk) Blueberry Pollination in Maine


    "Coastal Maine."


    "What you do when you aren't moving bees or sleeping."


    "Migrant labor camp."


    "Cook house and shower house."
    Regards, Barry

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    Default Re: Mark's (sqkcrk) Blueberry Pollination in Maine

    I agree Herb. The bushes I've seen in Washington were 6 feet tall and harvested with this.
    Mark said the bushes are about 4 to 6 inches tall, but very thick. Some of the states represented by beekeepers there are CA, NY, PA, KS, FL and ME.
    Last edited by Barry; 06-03-2012 at 07:20 AM.
    Regards, Barry

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    Default Re: Mark's (sqkcrk) Blueberry Pollination in Maine


    "One of the two big blueberry growers is Cherryfield Foods. The other one is Wymans. There are some 38,000 hives on the barrens."


    "Moving equipment."


    "Usually fences are adequate to protect hives from bears."




    "An example of the fencing. Some drops are surrounded by Flexnet electric fencing often used in fencing sheep. It keeps bears out too."


    "Future fruit."
    Regards, Barry

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    Default Re: Mark's (sqkcrk) Blueberry Pollination in Maine

    First I'm looking at all the truck unloading pictures and I'm thinking hmmmm this might work, then I see pictures of bears and fences. Good luck to everyone in the blueberries.
    "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: Mark's (sqkcrk) Blueberry Pollination in Maine

    Those hives with the bear must be someone else's or I think Mark would have made a stink about it!
    Regards, Barry

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    Default Re: Mark's (sqkcrk) Blueberry Pollination in Maine

    Must not be Chuck Kutic's either... else he would be tackling that bear....
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    Default Re: Mark's (sqkcrk) Blueberry Pollination in Maine

    Is that a real bear? A few things look off with that photo.

    Thanks for sharing.

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    Default Re: Mark's (sqkcrk) Blueberry Pollination in Maine

    Quote Originally Posted by Mbeck View Post
    Is that a real bear?
    Since its not wearing a shirt, I don't think its Winnie the Pooh ...
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    USDA Zone 7A Elevation 1400 ft

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    Default Re: Mark's (sqkcrk) Blueberry Pollination in Maine

    Quote Originally Posted by Mbeck View Post
    Is that a real bear? A few things look off with that photo.

    Thanks for sharing.
    Funny, I had the same thought. The bears I'm used to aren't so broad in the shoulders. Those East Coast bears must work out.

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    Default Re: Mark's (sqkcrk) Blueberry Pollination in Maine

    http://www.beesource.com/imgs/markb/photo3.jpg

    OOOOOOOH, MANNN!
    That trailer and contraption loaded on it looks HEAVY!!!
    That has GOT to be WAY heavy to tow around.
    How much do you suppose it weighs?
    Heavy for sure.
    I have exactly ONE hive more than you.
    That makes my opinion beyond question.

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    Default Re: Mark's (sqkcrk) Blueberry Pollination in Maine

    Does,'t look like a real live bear .100.jpg

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    Default Re: Mark's (sqkcrk) Blueberry Pollination in Maine

    Good one Mark. Where did you get the Bear suit?
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    Default Re: Mark's (sqkcrk) Blueberry Pollination in Maine

    I think it's just the angle that makes the head look too big for what little of the body we see. Does look like someone wearing a suit.
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    Default Re: Mark's (sqkcrk) Blueberry Pollination in Maine

    OK, the official word from Mark regarding the bear photo, "LOL, it's a statue."
    So Jim, coast is clear for you to take bees to Maine!
    Regards, Barry

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    Default Re: Mark's (sqkcrk) Blueberry Pollination in Maine

    The bear photo looks real enough. Just coming out of winter with a heavy winter coat before shedding out. Those bears up there have to be in shape for blueberry pollination, sometimes they have to unload the trucks themselves just to get to the best hives!

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    Default Re: Mark's (sqkcrk) Blueberry Pollination in Maine

    Quote Originally Posted by Barry View Post
    OK, the official word from Mark regarding the bear photo, "LOL, it's a statue."
    So Jim, coast is clear for you to take bees to Maine!
    Maine hmmmm, is that in the United States?
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    Default Re: Mark's (sqkcrk) Blueberry Pollination in Maine

    =HarryVanderpool;808073OOOOOOOH, MANNN!
    That trailer and contraption loaded on it looks HEAVY!!!
    Aww, Harry, got one of those BW tilt trailers just like the one in the pic, also a 1k too.
    Last edited by Barry; 06-04-2012 at 07:29 AM. Reason: fix quote
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    Default Re: Mark's (sqkcrk) Blueberry Pollination in Maine

    there is nothing sweeter than low-bush blueberries, they put those high-bush pretenders to shame

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