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    Re: Painting Supers

    For painting, one coat of primer, 2 coats of exterior paint. Bush on unless I have many dozens to do then I spray them.
    Doesn't matter to me whether it's oil base or latex, the corners get beat up...
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    Re: Painting Supers

    Serious? Yes.
    Let me explain.

    First off, A series of experiments is not one measured test, now is it?

    Further, the 'opinion of countless numbers of experts' in the case you cite was nothing...
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    Re: Painting Supers

    My take is that: One measured test result is equivalent in worth to one expert opinion.
    No more, no less.
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    Re: Early Spring in Southern NY

    Not to change the subject but........

    mahobee, what did you decide to do over there in southern NY?
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    Re: Early Spring in Southern NY

    Don't you guys have any skunk cabbage? they bloom right through the snow- actually melt it I think.
    But the bees can really bulk up on those snow drops!
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    Re: Early Spring in Southern NY

    Must be different there in mid- york compared to southern NY,
    downstate we look up for early blooms instead of down. :)

    Our forecast for that storm is rain.

    Lots of pumpkin orange pollen...
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    Re: Early Spring in Southern NY

    What are the early blooming trees doing in your Location? the witch hazel bush, soft maples and elms?

    Here we had first pollen on 2/17 from elms, witch hazel began blooming about the 2/12, first...
  8. Re: Idea for water source - please let me know if you think this would work!

    For mosquito control here we use mosquitofish. gambusia affinus. Or as we mostly call them plain old aquarium feeder guppies :)
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    Re: Research Project

    Yeah, talked the talk now walk the walk.
    If it means so much to YOU why don't YOU fully fund the project?

    Good grief.
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    Re: Lesson learned the hard way

    Sounds like you left the feed and shim on too long or the bees didn't need the feed, or both.
    Cut it out, all that drone brood is quite the varroa trap and dispose of it.
  11. Thread: USGS

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    Re: USGS

    No, No. GDD are still a reliable and useful method to predict blooms in the north except maybe for heat islands like NYC and other large paved over cities where it's difficult to tell if and when...
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    Re: VarroMed...something new coming

    Bernhard,
    How do you time your your spring treatment with VarroMed?
    I'm curious what conditions are present during your spring treatment both within the brood nest and external conditions?
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    Re: scorch vs burn for efb

    I have read the info in Bee Culture written by G Hayes in 2019.

    Is there a BroodSafe website one could visit?
  14. Re: Minus agriculltural chems. / Increase in food price question

    Now consider that---

    For the US:
    >>>50% of US population lives on 20% of the land mass (excluding Alaska)
    >>>52% of the population lives in coastal counties (excluding Alaska)
    >>>319 average...
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    Re: Beekeeper of the year criteria

    That's pretty nice Mike, I can see why you'd be touched.
    Seems well deserved too! :)

    Breeding from #69, #78, #75 this spring.
  16. Re: Minus agriculltural chems. / Increase in food price question

    Thanks but we have already been made aware of this..
    "Believe none of what you hear and half of what you see"- Benjamin Franklin
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    Re: Beekeeper of the year criteria

    Marcin> The ESHPA also includes this in their process of BOY nominee info:

    "Some nominee's may not fit into some or all the above criteria and that is ok, we understand that some nominee's are...
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    Re: VarroMed...something new coming

    Bernhard >

    So do I. Currently use OA vapor when broodless or nearly so mid January thru early February. Holds the mites down until mid-late summer. Sometimes though the weather/temps don't...
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    Re: VarroMed...something new coming

    Bernhard,
    Thank you. I will look back in the thread for your presentation.

    I too visually inspect as my monitoring method of choice.

    Sounds like one spring treatment is reasonable both in cost...
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    Re: VarroMed...something new coming

    {This is pretty much a duplicate post of one I posted earlier, and which Bernhard answered, but is not visible to me. :scratch:}

    Bernhard,
    Until the new instruction sheet from the manufacturer is...
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    Re: VarroMed...something new coming

    Bernhard,
    Until the new instruction sheet from the manufacturer I have a few questions for you.
    How may ml do you typically use in the spring to treat a colony? I see that current instructions call...
  22. Re: Minus agriculltural chems. / Increase in food price question

    >" the uniform crop maturation achieved by use of the round-up"

    >"Simply banning of the most screaming toxic method (read - use of round-up for the uniform crop maturation)"


    Obviously, A...
  23. Re: Topic: Expectations and Realities of Beekeeping (The First Two Years)

    As with any presentation it is of the utmost importance to clearly separate opinion from research based info commonly accepted or facts.
    Any comments of opinion should be clearly stated as only...
  24. Re: Minus agriculltural chems. / Increase in food price question

    crofter, Hasn't there been a partial ban on neonics (Imidacloprid, Thiamethoxam, Clothianidin) in effect in Ontario for a couple of years now? Any data available from Ontario farmers and local...
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    Re: Quaring with Michael Palmer method

    Good luck finding the best practices for your purposes and long term goals, when you get close to being efficient you'll know it and so will the wallet.
    Piles of junk stacked up gets disposed of or...
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