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    Default Apple and cranberry pollination fees - Wisconsin.

    I was just looking at a 2009 thread in which apple pollination fees were $50, Cranberry fees were not listed. The discussion was that cranberries were not worth it because the trade off was that the beek was missing out on honey at $1.50/pound. In recent years honey prices have risen. Have pollination prices risen to compensate as well, or is it still $50 for apples, and what about cranberries? I am curious because I am wondering about supplying small orchards locally; Cranberries are 2 hours east of me, and I can't imagine that they would ever be worth my time.

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    Default Re: Apple and cranberry pollination fees - Wisconsin.

    A friend of mine paid $70 last year.

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    Default Re: Apple and cranberry pollination fees - Wisconsin.

    $70-$75 is the average price around Wi.
    Clear Lake Wi. / Sebring Fl.

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    Default Re: Apple and cranberry pollination fees - Wisconsin.

    Thanks, I'm curious because I like raising bees and am wondering if there is a sweet profitable spot somewhere between overwintering nucs, selling/splitting nucs, and pollinating.

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    Default Re: Apple and cranberry pollination fees - Wisconsin.

    We visited a cranberry farm north of the Rapids. They said they paid a lot of money for pollination.

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    Default Re: Apple and cranberry pollination fees - Wisconsin.

    I wish I could understand why beekeepers give up most of their summer honeyflow to place bees into Cranberries for what amounts to one medium of honey with the real kicker being that bees do not do well working cranberries.
    "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: Apple and cranberry pollination fees - Wisconsin.

    Jim, I don't know, but there must be a reason. Is it diversifying the income? Honey production and sales are profitable on a large scale, with large investments of mechanized equipment to process the honey. I have learned that I am mechanically inept; If I were to expand my beekeeping into serious sideline income then I would want to go a different route because I do not have the mechanical skills to keep a line going, do not want to invest the money in a line and then be paying it off for 10 years.
    Yet I like raising bees I am curious if there is a way to raise bees, pollinate apples (probably not cranberries), and then sell them to beeks who want to go to Cali in the fall.
    Wintertime musing and learning.

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    Default Re: Apple and cranberry pollination fees - Wisconsin.

    Quote Originally Posted by jim lyon View Post
    I wish I could understand why beekeepers give up most of their summer honeyflow to place bees into Cranberries for what amounts to one medium of honey with the real kicker being that bees do not do well working cranberries.
    If you are smaller like me and not palletized there are niche spots that need one or two hives. Big guys won't service them and I charge about twice what the big guys charge and have a waiting list. Makes it somewhat worthwhile and helps the cash flow. I agree, bees don't do great on Cran but these small bogs also have more flora around them so bees don't go down as bad.

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