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    Re: 2020 How was your winter?

    Especially like crossing the lake late in the day - the night city views are awesome.
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    Re: 2020 How was your winter?

    Oddly for living in WI, I don't fish in winter (prefer skiing).
    But I do appreciate the ice fishing - this is how I know the ice is safe (I watch for ATVs dragging out seasonal fishing shanties on...
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    Re: 2020 How was your winter?

    Well, this "southern talk"....
    :)

    For some of us the question is - "How is your winter so far?"
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    This is how I "commute" to work - a mile track across a frozen lake.
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  4. Re: 6-framer - larger-scale, commercial grade, mobile operator

    Full collection:
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCms6NHuFUqhJ3C6E1x6qmQ/videos[/QUOTE]

    The 6-framer guy started reporting his early 2020 status.
    His base is compatible to USDA 7....
  5. Primitive survival, tool, construction, etc.

    Advocate Egorov - my favorite primitive living channel (non-English, but good English subs; some are video-only, by design).
    Tons of ideas for the bush-whacking types.
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    Re: Propolis Tincture Question

    Made my initial batches with 95% ethanol.

    But now I think this may have been a minor error, because some of the propolis components dissolve well in water, but no so much in ethanol (per my...
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    Bad news about food....

    ... Sorry, a non-English channel.
    But, the English subs are pretty darn good.
    The dude is hilarious and yet - the contents are largely true and useful.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0koIzqIPic
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    Re: Propolis Tincture Question

    Wife was becoming concerned with me serving "alcohol" to the kids.

    I went like:
    Honey, our home-made sourdough bread and kefir all have natural booze in them too.
    And we love the stuff. ...
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    Re: Propolis Tincture Question

    Making second batch of the grain alcohol/propolis tincture.
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    I am taking it proactively now days (influenza, etc) - 1/4 teaspoon per day (mix the tincture in water and drink it).
    So far I...
  10. Re: 6-framer - larger-scale, commercial grade, mobile operator

    Someone is conducting a comparative observation of 6-framers too vs. standard 10-frame Dadants.
    Here is the start of his project - summer 2019 - moving a split into the 6-frame hive.
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  11. Re: Minus agriculltural chems. / Increase in food price question

    No need to "ziplock" wheat, etc - obviously.
    The main chem load on the staple grains comes from 1)weed control and 2)uniform crop maturation (read - round-up).

    Time to review/reassess the...
  12. Re: Minus agriculltural chems. / Increase in food price question

    What empty stomachs?
    40% of food is wasted as-is.

    My bee landlord wrote this good entry on the subject (look at the picture with bananas in the compost):...
  13. Re: Minus agriculltural chems. / Increase in food price question

    I homestead for the family use only - no chems - fruits/berries/vegetables (bees, of course).

    We don't care for superficial pest damage and minor loss, if any.
    By growing our own food chem-free -...
  14. Re: Minus agriculltural chems. / Increase in food price question

    No fungal issues in Southern WI.
    We do have hot and humid summer - does not matter.

    Since you bag the grape-size fruit (while you also thin them) - you very simply bag the very best fruit and...
  15. Re: Minus agriculltural chems. / Increase in food price question

    My answers are here:
    https://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?350173-GregV-s-Alternative-way-to-keep-(have-)-bees&p=1779373#post1779373
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    Sticky: Re: Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    More pics.
    This is the failed fruit - it never grew.
    The pics show how the grape-size fruit should be zipped in.
    Very tight seal around the fruit-let leg; and yet it does not choke it.
    You also...
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    Sticky: Re: Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    A little off-topic, but this is generally what I am doing - growing my foods without chems (with the side-affect of not damaging the pollinator population).

    The chem-free apple growing - using...
  18. Sticky: Re: A shift in message? The case for IPM instead of bond as the path to TF for new ba

    Petrov, 1983.
    Pages 180-185.

    What he is talking about they have been doing in practice on a large industrial scale in 1970's yet in USSR with good results.
    Amounts to nothing but deliberate...
  19. Re: Minus agriculltural chems. / Increase in food price question

    With your small scale you can do zero spraying.
    I have been doing apples with zero spraying for 10 years.

    Absolutely no need to spray.
    Bag them.
    One-time job in spring.
    A bonus - the apples...
  20. Re: Evaluate your beekeeping location - using beescape.

    I indeed missed this important part (this was NOT made clear in our local beekeeping forum).
    They really should put it up in BIG, BOLD letters on the front page, so to not waste people's time.
  21. Evaluate your beekeeping location - using beescape.

    Try and see for yourself - works well for the US at least.

    https://app.beescape.org/
  22. Re: The use of 48hr queen cells to spread resistant genetics

    With your typing, MSL, never know what you meant.
    It can go either way.
    Sorry, but it is really hard to read and follow the thought, IMO.
    That is regarding the WTF.

    All right, I suppose, I...
  23. Re: The use of 48hr queen cells to spread resistant genetics

    OR - MSL has some magic fresh sci. article up his sleeve.
    Never know!
    :)
  24. Re: The use of 48hr queen cells to spread resistant genetics

    Well, exactly.

    But NOT have a single queen that simultaneously contains genes of the 16 fathers at once; or 20 fathers; or 25 fathers..... N fathers (a chance of that is approaching zero).
    A...
  25. Re: The use of 48hr queen cells to spread resistant genetics

    You are talking of half-sister cohorts in the hive, I think.

    Well, this is different from:


    I can understand - "a fertilized egg MAY get UP to 16 paternal DNA sources intermixed" (due to...
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