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    Re: Can I feed my bees Sorghum Syrup?

    Noted. I know corn syrup can be hit and miss. I really think sorghum syrup would compliment collard and turnip offerings. Just add corn bread! I know if I boil it down in this global warming weather...
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    Re: Can I feed my bees Sorghum Syrup?

    ZOMBIE ALERT!!!

    Ok I'm digging this one out of the grave cause I find myself in possession of a cane mill. And far far more appetite for risk than most. I am curious if sorghum syrup or cane syrup...
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    Not that it matters, but fogging sounds more like...

    Not that it matters, but fogging sounds more like a good full face respirator issue, and good PPE. Everything causes cancer. Everything will kill you in vapor form inhaled. I guess if you fogging...
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    I'm missing something here it is this thread...

    I'm missing something here it is this thread turning into tail gater land. I go to commercial forum, and I have to read through the organic greenies worried about blood and they're emotions. But at...
  5. Wax Dipped Gear? Painted before, after, etc

    Posted in Commercial for the intended audience. Looking for methods, paint before or after, and wax types, rosin ratios. Cost effectiveness. Would like to paint, always heard paint first, but what...
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    Re: Fumagilin B import ban

    we used to need fumigillin... years of just putting honey bee healthy in syrup, and then later knock off HBH equivalent concoctions seemed to solve it, mainly did it to make light syrup not turn and...
  7. Re: Beekeeping Business Planning - Can you make money in this business?

    hmm conjuring Patton up. Say audacious 3 times like beetle juice. Taxes are good. Means you're making money. I got a bankrupt neighbor kept buying new tractors to not pay taxes, never could figure...
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    Re: Selling nucs to just queens?

    The two business sides are not exclusive. Nucs give you a hole to throw excess bees and queens in, Queens is just the fast money. I would say "oh it dries up in May" but apparently I can't find...
  9. Re: Watermelon Pollination?? Affects on bees?

    As a melon grower, and a beekeeper, and a sprayer and sprayee, I would say all that talk about you'll get sprayed is relative to where and who you dealing with. People worried about what will happen...
  10. Re: Oct 1st today who's still extracting honey???

    Ive got contract honey sitting up in pulled supers, Ive gotta clear our a bottling tank for it. bleh.
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    Re: Nuc production cost

    jean's point on labor and dwindle is an excellent point. They do love to dwindle. Specially down here in the 105 degree heat
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    Re: Nuc production cost

    if you graft and throw together junk boxes to sale, the profit margin is close to selling dope. really. without the jail time
  13. Re: Yearly business plan - realistic or not? What else should I account for?

    Im staring at the Gap Uninsurable crop leaflet. I use it for watermelons, but it has honey on the list. I will be trying it out next year. As for the production tag to rainfall they use for hay...
  14. Re: Yearly business plan - realistic or not? What else should I account for?

    Gap insurance for honey is only 250 bucks. Go to FSA/USDA and inquire. It is 100% worth your time. Also, fumigillin is OK, but just feed honey bee healthy in your syrup. Haven't had an outbreak in...
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    Re: HLS or FDA Honeyhouse Inspections

    wow. That's federal dollars at work, rattle the sabre then... do nothing. Sounds like a good way to get fined for no reason. I wouldn't get one unless you really really need it, Mark.
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    Re: Costco Honey

    Its that burned motor oil honey that says mixed source and includes any Asian country, especially India, Indonesia, or Vietnam that you have to look out for. That's pretty much guaranteed Chinese
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    Re: Payment on Pollination

    yea. I get invited to the pig pickins etc. Since I'm dealing entirely close to home now, I find service and good PR go a long ways. The last operator bringing 5 frames, and me bringing minimum 8s,...
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    Re: Payment on Pollination

    up front. Orchard operators are loaded. And all money for the growing season is borrowed before the season. They have it. If they flake about being able to pay it, what makes you think they can...
  19. Re: Ready for winter... ready for the almonds?

    So you're saying they pay to keep the operation alive purely to know they'll keep having bees to rent?
  20. Re: Ready for winter... ready for the almonds?

    I sure am glad my business plan dosent include california or a couple of these posts woulda been a good excuse to drink...
  21. Re: 10 acres of Pumpkins in full bloom, Amish soaking them with Sevin!?!?!!!!!

    oh hippies. stop presuming that everything is as simple as the most expensive solution. Sevin is dirt cheap.
  22. Re: 10 acres of Pumpkins in full bloom, Amish soaking them with Sevin!?!?!!!!!

    well I have PM resistant pumpkins, two varieties, but downy mildew kicked in and one variety is handling that much better. to be specific tilt bravo. I like ridamil but its 780 a gallon. Def not...
  23. Re: 10 acres of Pumpkins in full bloom, Amish soaking them with Sevin!?!?!!!!!

    lol to guns. Not much pesticide problems on mine, and with the right chems it dosen't hurt the bees more than what the rest of the ag crows is dousing the world in. As far as spray on pumpkins, it's...
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    Re: Drawing comb

    yes. You really have to stay on top of them. If you really want to push you can extract that syrup, water it down again and refeed it. The point is to stimulate. It's all about how hard you want to...
  25. Re: 10 acres of Pumpkins in full bloom, Amish soaking them with Sevin!?!?!!!!!

    Thiodane aka Endosulfan, 8 hours toxicity, or Asana aka Esfenvalerate no toxicity to bees on blooms once dry. Both will drop bees on the spot if they're sprayed. Take it from me. I have bees, and...
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