Re: Beginning With a Question
A simple question with a complicated answer. The short answer is, though it may be a bit more of a challenge, the commercial operations get their numbers back each spring without too much trouble by splitting as has always been done. Those who have long supplied queens and packages to northern commercials, sideliners and hobbyists alike continue to do so largely with "post almond" bees.
Originally Posted by TalonRedding
Ray's links point out how this has really become a multifaceted issue though. In the past 10 to 15 years a new standard has emerged as a result of the explosion of almond acreage in California which now requires between 1 and 2 million strong colonies each year by early February, a time when hives aren't normally at peak population. A late winter dwindle of hive numbers that heretofore wouldn't have been very newsworthy and would have been rebuilt as they always had been, suddenly have become big news because with high almond rental prices these empty hives now represented lost income. It's important to remember that, almost always, these "lost" hives will be full of bees again by June 1st.
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