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  1. #1
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    Dec 2008
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    Default Time to get concerned?

    Many of you may or may not know but the rain (drought) situation in California is starting to look pretty bad. We currently have the lowest rainfall totals since the days of record keeping was established in the mid !800's. This following a bleak rain total last year.

    The forecast for the next week is dry, dry, dry. Beautiful Winter solstice morning today which might be way better in the long run if it was pouring outside right now. There are people irrigating tree crops in December to relieve the parched ground. Something I have never seen in 40+ years.

    If this keeps up I think it might be time to consider the fact that this is not only possibly going to impact almond pollination but Queen and package production out of CA as well come March and April.

    If we remain dry through the middle of January I think that the first affect that might be felt is cancellation of late April package orders. Once bees get out of the Almonds most of the out yards are not going to be in any condition for proper rebuilding after early shaking.

    Lets hope I'm wrong because the rain comes but it is something people who rely on bees out of California need to start thinking about!!!!

  2. #2
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    Default Re: Time to get concerned?

    I have heard that some affected growers in that region may drop to one hive per acre and some will opt for no bees / no harvest if things don't change.
    What are you hearing?
    I have exactly ONE hive more than you.
    That makes my opinion beyond question.

  3. #3
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    Default Re: Time to get concerned?

    We need to focus our collective thoughts towards rain in California for sure. What would it cost to remove salt out of the ocean water to free up water for irrigation? I hear they do that in Israel. I know that wouldn't help the out yards but the growers and cities.

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    Default Re: Time to get concerned?

    Quote Originally Posted by babybee View Post
    We need to focus our collective thoughts towards rain in California for sure. What would it cost to remove salt out of the ocean water to free up water for irrigation? I hear they do that in Israel. I know that wouldn't help the out yards but the growers and cities.
    Additional irrigation water would be a plus for sure. My concern focuses at this point is the out yards in the hill and dales that are never going to be irrigated in the next 100 years. Rain is the only source of water for 91% of California. Thats a lot of outyards with little or no feed potential with little or no rain. The syrup and the sub business 's are going to break the bank in 2014.

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    Default Re: Time to get concerned?

    Yes, I'm getting concerned. We only had 66% of normal rainfall last year, and water in the lakes is very low now, from releasing too much this past spring and the lack of rainfall. I've only had about 3 inches, maybe 4, since July 1 here at my place. I don't look forward to a year of feeding to keep the bees going.
    “When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.” – John Muir

  6. #6
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    Bellflower, Montgomery,Mo,USA
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    Default Re: Time to get concerned?

    Were any of you around in the 1987-93 drought? I lived in the Santa Rosa area and did landscaping. In 91 and 92 I drove a truck! I'm sure that if you were to talk to older beekeepers they would tell you what that time period was like. Good Luck to you all this coming season.

  7. #7
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    Default Re: Time to get concerned?

    I live near fresno here In the central valley and am very worried about the drought also. But after talking to a few farmers on the west side. It seems that the almond crop won't be affected near as much as there other crops like cotton, melons, and tomatos. You will be seeing a lot of open dirt fields that have been stripped of there water to put it to almonds. Just like a lot of beekeepers almonds is there number one priority.

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