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    Re: Hands off Beekeeping.....for the most part.

    To be sure - I was weekly or so in that exact yard in May-June (the swarm season).
    No way I was going to loose my #1 queen.
    As well as the #1 queen must working to the max to my advantage - so that...
  2. Thread: Global Warming

    by GregV
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    Re: Global Warming

    +100.
    General pollution control is an actionable item and really requires no fighting and arguing about.
    It is a real and obvious problem to resolve.
    Many positive side-affects
    - including the...
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    Re: Potato cultivating....

    Sure.
    Only makes sense.
    The proportional representation of N in the soil is also important.
    Too much N available (with respect to K) - will hurt the root crops (they just go into the green mass)....
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    Re: Potato cultivating....

    Forget Gurney.
    Generic junk.
    I have wasted enough time in this department; here are my better choices now days.
    :)

    Good source #1.
    Go here:
    https://npgsweb.ars-grin.gov/gringlobal/search.aspx...
  5. Re: Darwinian black box selection for resistance Varroa destructor

    Now that - who are we to definitely state if something has failed?
    OR succeeded?
    I am of the opinion that "black box" methods do work.
    No need to get hang over the internal mechanics and labels...
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    Re: Mountain Camp - proactive or reactive?

    But do realize, to get to the MC-type feed, bees do not need to break cluster OR cross a cold barrier.
    Bees naturally slowly drift upwards as a cluster and eventually hit the ceiling (at which point...
  7. Re: Darwinian black box selection for resistance Varroa destructor

    And this is kinda my point. :)

    Really, the mentality of the highly productive congested feed lot is the more basic and general problem (very high parasite susceptibility is only one episode of...
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    Re: Speed of adaptation....

    Yep; we all carry some of the dinosaur genes in us.
    In fact, we all carry much, much more ancient genes in us, originating 2-3 billions of years back - the very basics of life did not change....
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    Re: Hands off Beekeeping.....for the most part.

    Just yesterday I visited a 3-unit yard so I could move a colony into a better equipment for the winter.
    The last visit prior was 8/18/2019 - two months.

    Bees are fine, if a little light on the...
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    Re: Potato cultivating....

    Well, I am a black currant guy.
    Got a hold of few Old World varieties (as sweet as grapes).
    Need to propagate more of these (should have time now that I decided to drop out of the community...
  11. Re: Darwinian black box selection for resistance Varroa destructor

    Here is a related read:


    http://nautil.us/issue/63/horizons/why-the-earth-has-fewer-species-than-we-think
  12. Re: Darwinian black box selection for resistance Varroa destructor

    Let me remind you, MSL, the honey harvested from those few bee trees is marketed at about 3-4 times the generic, industrial honey.
    They are always sold out.
    More is not better.
    Bigger is not...
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    Re: Potato cultivating....

    Normal fireplace ash is good.
    Potassium.
    Potatoes (and most all roots) like and need potassium.
    The potassium (and ash in general) does not add to a the soil acidity.
    Typical wood ash is rather...
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    Re: Best way to cull a dying hive?

    Well, I did qualify (but you did not bold).
    Let me do it for you.

    :)
  15. Re: Darwinian black box selection for resistance Varroa destructor

    NO.
    Not in 200 years the bees were introduced there.

    YES.
    Some adaptation phenomenon did occurs and has been occuring as we speak.
    Which is probably rather a norm, granted many other examples....
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    Indeed, AR.
    What?

    55-60 is full-blown workday for everyone - bees and people.
    Nothing to talk about (let alone write about).
    :)
  17. Re: new beehive designed to stop bees from dying over winter, and to have 24/7 monito

    Most all foam hives assume mostly open (and screened) bottom.
    The only way to work them.
    They do work.
  18. Thread: Global Warming

    by GregV
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    Re: Global Warming

    Scientists can argue.
    Meanwhile every one else should stop polluting.
  19. Re: This is getting ridiculous (Varroa and OAV treatment)

    A mite by the name Vic lived in this container, in my kitchen for about a week.
    Several of them, actually. I just collectively call them all - Vic.

    Unsure what she ate, if anything.
    Maybe sucked...
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    Re: Queen on top of frame

    Not only that.
    What about a queen walking out of the hive; getting some morning sun on the front wall; then returning back inside.
    Just like that.
    Do not have a picture of that - some shame.
  21. Thread: Global Warming

    by GregV
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    Re: Global Warming

    And of course this:
    51943
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    Re: What are your hobbies?

    I could not sleep last night.
    I just came up with a new hive (re)design, while just laying there at 2am.
    :)
  23. Thread: Global Warming

    by GregV
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    Re: Global Warming

    And a couple more.
    In general - people don't give a crud.
    That's the essence of it, like it or not.
    People like to talk; people don't like to walk.
    Until the real costs are incurred with the...
  24. Thread: Global Warming

    by GregV
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    Re: Global Warming

    For those who can not read the article for any reason, here are few snippets.

    #1 - Transportation and growing
    #2 - Electricity generation and falling
    #3 - Industry
    51931

    Major metro...
  25. Thread: Global Warming

    by GregV
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    Re: Global Warming

    Just a good informational article - they mentioned yesterday in NPR.
    In the US - it is really about transportation - that is the real elephant.
    All else is second tier pollution.
    ...
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