Was at the Northern California queen breeders Meeting yesterday.
Cutting to the chase quickly........ Among other things discussed it looks like prices will be following pollination and honey prices come next spring.
I think everyone who is looking to purchase queens and a packages out of Norcal next year better bring a fatter wallet than last year.
Packages will be up at least $10 if you can get them. Huge suppliers already turning down massive orders they will never be able to fulfill.
Queens will be up a buck at least with a new $20 base price on 100 + lots.
Other issues discussed.
Pricing on Almond pollination will be up but most beeks are holding out after the California Convention to set prices.
Queen loss in the field seems to be higher this year. New data saying all the chems going into hives is no so good for them
Many hives being offered for sale this fall. 100,000 to one massive Almond pollination broker alone. Many long time beeks are sick of it or getting out of the dead out race.