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  1. #1
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    Default Blue Diamond In the field reports

    www.bluediamond.com/applications/in-the-field

    Another year in the almonds, good luck to all. You can keep track of the bloom at the link above.

    Sheri

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    Default Re: Blue Diamond In the field reports

    I'm scheduling a 4H field trip from the San Francisco Bay Area to see bees working the almonds. What would be the best weekend to see the most activity? I've never seen the almonds myself (despite 35 years of backyard beekeeping) so I'm also trying to find the best locations nearby.

    Hoskee
    Grandfather's first hive 1936. Dad's first hive 1940.
    My first hive 1976. My daughter's first hive 2008.

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    Default Re: Blue Diamond In the field reports

    Trees just starting to bloom. And its going to be cold. I would try in two weeks.

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    Default Re: Blue Diamond In the field reports

    Quote Originally Posted by Hoskee View Post
    I'm scheduling a 4H field trip from the San Francisco Bay Area to see bees working the almonds. What would be the best weekend to see the most activity? I've never seen the almonds myself (despite 35 years of backyard beekeeping) so I'm also trying to find the best locations nearby.

    Hoskee

    If you'd like you may Pm me. Fairly close to you. Been doing bees in Solano County for 32 years. In 95 our family acquired a place north of 80 between Vacaville and Dixon. We now grow our own almonds and the trees are about ready to burst. We do not grow a lot but surely enough to give a bunch of eager 4H learners a good idea of what happens in the relationship of the "bees and trees." They are just starting to flower. Depending on the weather looks like the 2nd of March will be a good weekend in 2013 to view "optimal" Bloom.

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    Default Re: Blue Diamond In the field reports

    John & Sherri - Thank You for the link!

    Suggestion to the 4-H kids to wear mosquito veils, gloves, long sleeves, and long pants at the very least. Have an epi-pen ready just in case (not paranoia - just a "bee"-prepared attitude). Explaining that almonds need honey bees (not much else pollinates almonds), that colonies must be increasing in numbers (brood present) in order to pollinate, and that pollen traps placed a day or two before flowers open really motivates the bees to forage for pollen harder would make the trip a real educational experience. They'd probably love to see a hive opened and operate the smoker! Spotting a queen would be awesome. Hope it goes well!

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