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    Default In the Orange Groves

    Thanks to some help from Jeff Miller of DC Honeybees, and Steve Buyers of Bee healthy Honey Farms, we moved our colonies onto the Orange Groves in Fellsmere Florida. We are the only ones on 4000 acres of citrus. It has been an exhausting four days of traveling, inspecting, supering, etc. and we got back yesterday morning about 3:00 a.m. All went well until the last mile when we lost our Kubota on the trailer with pallet forks. Looks like it might be a total loss. No one was hurt however. I am including some photos.DSCI1665.JPG20130115_111828.jpg20130115_111828.jpg20130115_112614.jpg20130115_112614.jpgDSCI1668.JPG

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    Default Re: In the Orange Groves

    You boxes look nice.
    Glad to hear everyone is safe.
    How do the trees look?

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    Default Re: In the Orange Groves

    Trees look great. Grapefruit is about finished and the orange trees are beginning to bloom early.

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    Default Re: In the Orange Groves

    Thanks Jerry! The whole trip was lots of fun and we made strides in spite of a few setbacks!

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    Default Re: In the Orange Groves

    Glad you're OK. Nice pics!

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    Default Re: In the Orange Groves

    Where are ur plans from there

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    Default Re: In the Orange Groves

    lost your tractor! Dam ,
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    Default Re: In the Orange Groves

    David, not sure what you are asking.

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    Default Re: In the Orange Groves

    Holy ratchet straps! How do u handle all those uneven pallets? Thanks 4 the pics that green grass and trees look beautiful this time of year!
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    Default Re: In the Orange Groves

    Sorry for your loss. I hope your Orange Blossom honey makes up for it. Thank you for the pictures. I grew up in the Florida orange industry. Your pics make me homesick!
    His Hive Honey Farm - Do all for His glory!

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    Default Re: In the Orange Groves

    Those harbor freight straps come in handy...

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    Default Re: In the Orange Groves

    Where you moving to next almonds.

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    Default Re: In the Orange Groves

    No Almonds this year, perhaps in two years.

    Regarding the uneven boxes, they were even when we departed and the honey supers were loaded on seperately. We put them on once we arrived in the groves.

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    Default Re: In the Orange Groves

    So when does the main flow usually start for oranges? I always thought it was just after almonds.

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    Default Re: In the Orange Groves

    How did you lose the tractor?

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    Default Re: In the Orange Groves

    Mike, it does, but the bloom is coming a bit early this year. We decided to move them into the groves early. We lost the tractor when we went around a bend and it slid off the trailer. It was strapped in well, or so I thought, but apparently we hit an ice patch or I am just a non-driving **** and we lost it. Insurance is taking care of it and the 20 Nuc boxes I had on the trailer as well as the trash pump we lost.

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    Default Re: In the Orange Groves

    Thanks for the info.I was just wondering if the bloom was coming early enough to conflict with almonds.
    Sorry about losing the lift. That has to suck. A friend told me once about towing a lift and looked in his mirror to see it sailing out through a field. The pintle hitch had broken.

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    Default Re: In the Orange Groves

    Nice pics, Thanks for sharing!
    Makes me want to go out and shovel the snow out of my yard! lol
    Sorry to hear about the loader. Bummer!
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    Default Re: In the Orange Groves

    We want pictures of the tractor spill.

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    Default Re: In the Orange Groves

    Is this your first year going to the orange?
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