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    Re: Best Smoker Fuel

    Slipping Bark from Elm or slippery elm works amazing. Easy to light, always cool smoke. And the smoke isn't harsh.
  2. Re: Purdue Ankle-biters and other varroa killer bees

    Purdue is doing a ton of research on the bees they have. 125 colonies. They have not treated for mites in 7 or 8 years. They have losses. The bees make a good honey crop and generally shut down at...
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    Re: Big Losses from East Coast Cold Spell

    It takes a frame of honey to raise a frame of brood.
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    Re: 2017 almond season

    I think there is a balance. Place bees on honey in the season somewhere in the midwest and pollinate almonds in winter. Chasing pollination 2/3 of the year would be much more difficult.
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    Re: Dadant, Credit Card Theft

    Clay and all the staff in Frankfort, KY are great to deal with.
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    Re: Pic of mite drop after oxalic acid vap

    I suggest Putting a sticky board and apivar strip in the one with the most mites and see how many more drop in first 24 hours.
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    Re: Bee Pro vs 1 to 1 Sugar

    Fed a ton of pro sweet 77 in Cali this month. I believe it came from Dadant. Prefer hfcs 55 for weight, but it was available close by.
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    Sticky: Re: Finding Mite Resistance - The Journey

    Washington State University is Steve Sheppard. I think Sue Cobey is on the coast in Washington. WSU is in Pullman, WA.
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    Re: Frequency of Mite Treatments

    For us its a Minimum of 3 treatments with amitraz.
    I think there is hope with oxalic dissolved in glycerine.
    Thinking 2 amitraz treatments with a "dry" paper towel with the oxalic mix in between.
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    Re: Think i got a mouse

    If you have access to a vaporizer, use it. The acid vapor should run out any rodents. Install mouse guard after.
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    Re: Evaluating New Queens...

    Mike, I have a Caspian marked blue from fall 2016. She is in a box in California. Dark bees.
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    Re: randy oliver article in january '17 abj

    I am excited about resistant stock. I am equally interested in his research on oxalic dissolved in glycerin that he describes in his other article in the January issue.
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    Re: 18.25% Moisture Content Acceptable?

    Early season honey is always dryer here in the hardwoods of Indiana.
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    Re: Apivar strips and demise of Queens!

    Some young queens are still laying. The older queens that produced a crop are shut down. For the most part.
  15. Re: Received some HFCS 42 today, was wondering how I could use it.

    We use 55 here, straight, this time of year.
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    Re: Video of Bees on Soybean

    Stressed beans produce more nectar. Hot plus drought equals short plants here.
    Last year the beans sat in water and were stressed and stunted. Nectar production in late July was excellent.
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    Re: screen bottom board comment

    AGREED w scorpion.
    Solid is way to go.
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    Re: Treating mating nucs

    I would be hesitant to treat anything large or small during mating. I don't think it is a good idea to mess with the "smell" of the hive.
    This comes from my mentor, commercial for 45 years.
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    Re: Mann Lake ventilated jacket

    Agree about mesh in veil. Hate it for seeing anything in the hive. I keep mine in the truck in case someone wanders up and is curious.
  20. Re: Wow! I am noticing a big difference between Apivar & OA vaporization results. W

    i doubt you poisoned them. The strips are slow release. Just get in and take all out except what is needed based on the number of brood frames. Id go back in a week and see how the brood looks. See...
  21. Re: Wow! I am noticing a big difference between Apivar & OA vaporization results. W

    The apivar is to stay in about 6 weeks and is a slow/low release. You are likely seeing mites that were under the capped brood. If there were 3 mites in a single capped brood cell, you only need 100...
  22. Re: Wow! I am noticing a big difference between Apivar & OA vaporization results. W

    I think the key is to check to see if the treatment is working. Use one of the many mite counting methods before treatment, and then during treatment.
  23. Re: Wow! I am noticing a big difference between Apivar & OA vaporization results. W

    Rusty, Apivar only kills the phoretic mites as well. I am convinced that Apivar is quite effective. I am not at all convinced on OAV.
    And for me, piece of mind is very important in beekeeping.
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    Re: Is CCD going away?

    Not something to joke about.
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    Re: Is CCD going away?

    Hearing loss numbers in the 10k+ range in Northern California this winter. Koehnan and Olivarez.
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