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  1. #1
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    Default Best States/Places for Wintering Bees?

    Im doing some research on where to park bees after almond/cherry pollination. Would prefer not to deal with snow. Where are some of these bigger operators putting thier bees? Some of these guys coming into the san joaquin valley are 10,000 hive beeks, where the heck do they go? How much area do you need to park 10,000 colonies? Im assuming they dont just dump them off in the same place.

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    Default Re: Best States/Places for Wintering Bees?

    melons,blue berries,apples and so on

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    Default Re: Best States/Places for Wintering Bees?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nin View Post
    Im doing some research on where to park bees after almond/cherry pollination. Would prefer not to deal with snow. Where are some of these bigger operators putting thier bees? Some of these guys coming into the san joaquin valley are 10,000 hive beeks, where the heck do they go? How much area do you need to park 10,000 colonies? Im assuming they dont just dump them off in the same place.
    Many of them are overwintering in the Southern states (FL, AL, MS, LA, TX).

    I just made a trip to Louisiana late last week to pick up 200 nucs from a commerical operation that currently runs 28,0000 hives (mostly for pollination). When they are overwintered down south they have those hives spread out over hundreds of locations. I've visited some of those yards over the last few years and they're near swamps, sandwiched between orange groves, etc... just everywhere you can imagine. They have a "war room" to keep track of hives, equipment, trucks, workers, etc and tons of spreadsheets to manage it all. They work on a scale that would make us hobbiests and sideliners dizzy.
    "Teach your kids to hunt and fish, and you won't have to hunt for your kids"
    Four Ridge Apiaries www.fourridgebees.com

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