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  1. #1
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    Default Thanks to Project Apis M

    my almond orchard looked like this two days ago:


    DSC_0022.jpg, DSC_0015.jpg


    They provided the seed, I planted last September in the almond orchard. Bloom started end of November and the bees were working it hard the whole winter.
    I planted about 12 Acres.

    Here is a link to the Apis M website and the seed page: http://projectapism.org/?page_id=72

  2. #2
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    Mirabel, Québec, Canada
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    Default Re: Thanks to Project Apis M

    That's nice. I'm thinking you'll need more fertilizer, though, to compensate everything all of that is leeching, and foliage analysis to make sure your almonds aren't going to lack any nutrients.
    www.apisrustica.com (French-only website) Bee Breeding: Canadian nuclei & queens
    www.facebook.com/Apis.rustica

  3. #3
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    Lewiston Idaho USA
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    Default Re: Thanks to Project Apis M

    What is it that you planted?

  4. #4
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    Jul 2013
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    Morro Bay, California, USA
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    Default Re: Thanks to Project Apis M

    That appears to be Indian/Brown Mustard -- Brassica juncea. The variety used by the Project Apis is Nemfix. This has been selected as a green manure to suppress root knot nematodes -- hence the variety name.

    Differs from the Canola mustards by having petioled (stemmed) leaves, instead of leaves that wrap around the stem at the base.

    An Australian publication for useful information on the nematode function:
    http://www.gwrdc.com.au%2Fwp-content...-Nematodes.pdf

    FYI: Leaves that wrap around the stem at the base are called amplexicaul. The lobe arrangement of these leaves is often described as auriculate (ie shaped like an ear).

  5. #5
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    CHico, CA
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    Default Re: Thanks to Project Apis M

    Looks like a beekeepers dream and almond growers nightmare.

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    Greater Hartford area, CT
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  7. #7
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    Central Valley, CA, USA
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    Default Re: Thanks to Project Apis M

    It is the PAm Mustard Mix :
    30% Canola (Rapini mustard) Sinapsis rapa
    25% Braco White Mustard, Sinapsis alba
    25% Nemfix Mustard, Brassica juncea
    20% Daikon Radish, Raphanus sativa

    The Daikon produced large radishes but has not bloomed yet.

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