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  1. 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.
    ...
  2. 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...
  3. 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):...
  4. 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 -...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
  11. 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.
  12. Evaluate your beekeeping location - using beescape.

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

    https://app.beescape.org/
  13. 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...
  14. Re: The use of 48hr queen cells to spread resistant genetics

    OR - MSL has some magic fresh sci. article up his sleeve.
    Never know!
    :)
  15. 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...
  16. 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...
  17. Re: The use of 48hr queen cells to spread resistant genetics

    It this really true?

    I always thought of "one-father-per-an-egg" is generally true.
    Not "N-fathers-per-an-egg".
    (Discounting any imperfections, such as random re-combinations and such).

    For...
  18. Thread: Chinook

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    Re: Chinook

    https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/2019/09/fact-check-no-the-glaciers-are-not-growing-in-glacier-national-park/
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    Sticky: Re: Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    Well, I am also observing how many apparently strong clusters early November very quickly dissolve in a matter of just weeks and are gone by XMass.
    Unsure if the conventional combines are the...
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    Re: Alternative design of a ventilated bottom

    The "anti-Varroa" intent of the thing is not deserving the attention IMO, and I don't even care for that "mite-control" idea (marginal even if true).

    The combination of ventilation, ease of...
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    Sticky: Re: Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    As well these "puny clusters" become very susceptible to low temps and wear out exceedingly quickly just trying to maintain the cluster core temp.

    What happened with the last dead nuc - was an...
  22. Thread: Chinook

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    Re: Chinook

    Says:

    https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/2019/09/fact-check-no-the-glaciers-are-not-growing-in-glacier-national-park/

    Which agrees with the official global site of GNC:...
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    Sticky: Re: Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    It is what it is.

    Over Nov/Dec/Jan so far we had:
    - 15 nights in the teens F
    - 12 nights in the singles F
    53267
    53269
    53271
    No negatives F yet, but the coldest time around here is usually...
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    Sticky: Re: Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    -1
    5/19 (26%).
    Now, this is quite natural survival rate.
    :)

    Winter is hammering now at the remaining survivors.
    A nuc cluster got stuck and froze inches away from their honey.
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    Re: What causes Honey to cystallize?

    The six batches I did during the summer extraction - all from different hives.
    The most crystallized jar is the same as in the above picture (batch #5 per the sticker - stupidly, I mixed up my batch...
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