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  1. Re: Penn State "COMB" project posts Dec 2019 update

    I made a rare foray into the tf Facebook page recently and tried to digest Mr. “view from a points” statistical argument that there is almost no statistical evidence that treatments reduce losses. It...
  2. Re: Penn State "COMB" project posts Dec 2019 update

    Apivar used according to label does not contaminate beeswax. Oddly enough, that seems to bother some people, probably the same folks that have been impatiently waiting for 2 decades or so for varroa...
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    Re: Basic Queen Rearing

    I’d suggest spending some time reading through some of the stickies here on the bee and queen and bee breeding site first. A real wealth of info there from some of the best.
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    Re: Against Smoking Bees

    You’re fortunate to have received some excellent and well written advice here from some really good and experienced beekeepers, Ryan. Read and learn with an open mind. Best of luck on your assignment.
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    Sticky: Re: Bulk honey prices and market outlook

    Someone in Montana raised 10,000+ lbs of honey off of spurge? I’ve seen bees “fatten up” a little off of the stuff but never enough to harvest.
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    Re: TIN FOIL HAT or REALITY?

    Having read many articles about bees published even on major news sites that are often full of inaccuracies has made me assume that many other things I read and accept as fact may well be just as...
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    Sticky: Re: Bulk honey prices and market outlook

    https://www.ams.usda.gov/mnreports/fvmhoney.pdf
    Not good.
  8. Re: moving queen cells out of cell builder - add 9 to date, not 10!!!

    We pull cells no later than 240 hours after grafting (I personally refer to them as 10 day cells) and 95%+ will hold overnight in incubation. If they hatch sooner than 240 hours, then you’re grafting...
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    Re: Mites zapped by laser frame

    Not posting this to knock the idea that some sort of electronic gadget might be able to control varroa but I’m far from convinced that this is workable. I would question their claim of a 90%...
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    Re: Sunflower Honey?

    https://www.ams.usda.gov/mnreports/fvmhoney.pdf
    Ukraine is on track to export around 20 million pounds of mostly ELA honey to the US at around .70 per pound, much of it sunflower. I’ve raised a lot...
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    Re: Global Warming

    Workers have been losing their jobs to automation since the beginning of the industrial revolution. It’s the way free economies grow and prosper, raising the standard of living for society as a...
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    Re: Laying Worker question

    Yes, I've had a few of those mated queen contortionists as well. I run queen right cell builders and inevitably screw up a time or two a year and have virgins hatch above the excluder. My solution...
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    Re: Laying Worker question

    I know thats the common belief but I also know for a fact (and I have visually witnessed it more than once) that an active young (not newly hatched) virgin can and will squeeze through an excluder.
  14. Re: How much honey could one expect from one hive? Spring

    Not that bees pay attention to political boundaries but the national survey shows North Carolina at 41 and 33 lbs. per colony in 2017 and 2018 respectively. Nebraska at 63 and 59 pounds. ...
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    Re: Mites zapped by laser frame

    I have always wondered how some sort of similar contraption might work that would be a bug zapper of sorts in which the electric charge would be throttled down to the point where it would only...
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    Re: Taste of Goldenrod Honey

    Apparently the Goldenrod phenomena is pretty regional. I'm 0 for my entire beekeeping career on raising any honey from the stuff in a pretty large area of the upper midwest where I have kept bees. ...
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    Re: Taste of Goldenrod Honey

    This statement was made without qualification and is what I replied to. It may well be a poor “honey” for a hive in a harsh winter climate. I couldn’t speak to that though I have operated a...
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    Re: best way to 2:1 feed in-hive?

    In a 10 frame deep box I've been switching over to the 1 1/2 gallon cap and ladder feeders and really like them. The downside is you are limited to the feeder plus 8 frames. You can also get a 2...
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    Re: Taste of Goldenrod Honey

    Greg, as I recall the testing was pollen based. Just showed a few random weeds had been worked, certainly nothing to account for the volume produced. The guy seemed positive that it was honeydew...
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    Re: Taste of Goldenrod Honey

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    Re: Taste of Goldenrod Honey

    Sorry about split post. Not saying you’re entirely wrong Greg. The bees were wintered in Texas. My take is given the right conditions and perhaps the right type of honeydew, any negatives can be...
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    Re: Taste of Goldenrod Honey

    Yes had a leading packer test it and they said no doubt about it. It was a once in a beekeeping life phenomena for me. Raised about 30,000 lbs of it in a drought with no forage in sight. Just brown...
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    Re: Taste of Goldenrod Honey

    Yes had a leading packer test it and said no doubt about it.
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    Re: I had an Old school beekeeper check my hives

    Regardless, my point is bees arrange the feed in their hive in the fall as best suits their needs for the upcoming winter. The only time I ever move rearrange brood is to try to defeat a swarming...
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    Re: I had an Old school beekeeper check my hives

    Trying to be diplomatic here so I’ll just say I didn’t attend his old school. Yes they appeared to be over fed but switching a frame of brood to the outside wall in the fall no less??
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