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    How important is hive strength / brood, bee numbers per box. Is it acceptable to have say 2 smaller hives to equal a strong one ?

    I viewed an interesting article on beeks who travel your country. It seems that pollination services, is their sole income. Is there a common hive strength requirement requirement for each crop type ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ladaok View Post
    How important is hive strength / brood, bee numbers per box. Is it acceptable to have say 2 smaller hives to equal a strong one ?

    I viewed an interesting article on beeks who travel your country. It seems that pollination services, is their sole income. Is there a common hive strength requirement requirement for each crop type ?
    hive strength is very important to the grower renting the bees, by extension it becomes very important to the beekeeper looking to rent out his bees.
    one of the states in the north west US has published hive strength for rental on various crops, I'll see if i can dig it up.
    almonds is 6 frames bees minimum, i believe, with rental rate increase for 8 frames of bees.

    the hive strength publication mentioned above is in PDF form
    Evaluating Honey Bee Colonies for Pollination - Oregon State University
    https://catalog.extension.oregonstate.edu/pnw623


    this one is from Penn St. University
    http://extension.psu.edu/publications/uf012

    from Canada for blueberries
    http://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/de...llination.html
    https://www.honeycouncil.ca/managing...ollination.php
    Last edited by clyderoad; 03-28-2017 at 04:29 PM.
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    Default Re: hive condition

    Ta for that Clyderoad

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