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  1. #1
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    Default Sunflower pollination

    I'm getting a contact offered to pollinate sunflowers what are the dos and nots while having bees on this crop and how much should I charge per hive?

  2. #2
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    Default Re: Sunflower pollination

    Some growers use fipronil on them. Be cautious.

  3. #3
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    Default Re: Sunflower pollination

    do expect you will put less hives in the almonds as a result.

  4. #4
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    Default Re: Sunflower pollination

    I have heard of beekeepers being offered between $60-$100 down here.
    "I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies." - Thomas Jefferson

  5. #5
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    Default Re: Sunflower pollination

    They only offered 35.00 down here last year. I wouldn't move them for that price and it's only ten miles.

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    Default Re: Sunflower pollination

    of all the crops a beekeeper should be concerned about, Sunflowers probably tops the list...
    up here, the confectionery type, the type that they want pollination on, requires two applications of insecticide AS PER CONTRACT !

    I have not pulled sunflower honey for years, except for one yard. A grower stubbornly using one of the old varieties.
    Ian Steppler >> Canadian Beekeeper's Blog
    www.stepplerfarms.com

  7. #7
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    Great Falls Montana
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    Default Re: Sunflower pollination

    Honey is chrome yellow and strong. I used to move bees to get them away so it didn't darken my white alfalfa honey.

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