Re: How does the hive rental process work for almond pollination?
This is one I hear alot but have not ever seen. I'm not saying that it is not true, just that I see quite the opposite.
Originally Posted by Wisnewbee
There have been two years in which our bees came back from almonds looking ragged and it was due to rainy weather the entire time there.
Our bees generally build up very well and look great once back home from CA.
I recieved a call a couple of years back from one of the many folks seeking to cash in on the CCD money machine.
He asked something like, "Doesn't it bother you that you take your bees down into the chemical sewer and expose them to all of the diseases and sprays and....?"
I replied, "Actually, sending bees to almonds is one of the best things that happens to our bees. They are plucked from the cold rainy, snowy north and land in sunny CA to build up just in time to come back home in time for tree fruits."
The guy says, "I have never heard anyone say any thing like that".
I replied, "Then you are talking to the wrong people. Talk to beekeepers, not movie makers or enviro-wackos!"
Part of it also is that we don't "send" our bees to almonds. We TAKE our bees there. Once on the ground we take however much time as necissary to dial all of them in to perfect.
I realize that there are a thousand ways to cook a pot of soup, but loading up semis with bees and waving good bye as the head for almonds to be managed by someone else is unbelieavable to me.
For sure if you are "sending" bees off to never never land and they come back looking like crap; wouldn't you rethink next year?
I have exactly ONE hive more than you.
That makes my opinion beyond question.