Any speculation on bloom dates in the South Valley?
Newbie here, but have a friend a bit south of us, he says major shortage of bees...esp. for smaller farms. Also, he has a later blooming almond variety...says it should begin to bloom in 2 weeks...
I spoke with a very large bee supplier and he said the going prices in Modesto/Fresno are $175 for 6-8 framers, $200 for 10 framers.
With bees short I have heard of guys asking for $200 and up for 5-6 framers
Wish I was closer to come needed pollination. My bees have been exploding this year! I have SEVERAL 20 framers. Does that mean I get $400?
If you take a 20 framer to Almonds it will likely swarm by the time the grower releases you. Probably send off a huge prime swarm.
...I was joking...
Just contracted a load of 6 (was not going to send them) for 175 net,
had 4 offers. bees all over the country are behind on frame counts, Numbers are okay it seems but they weak
500-1000 hives mostly honey
I need an additional 2,000 hives for 2019 Almond Pollination in Madera, CA area. Please call 559-974-4042
Seems like the this thread has gone a little cold. I am hearing $185-$190. Could probably get more if you have boomers. How are everyone's bees looking this year? I'll have to do some last minute equalizing, but overall things are ok. I had my fingers crossed for more eucalyptus this winter, but all the rain and cooler temps made it a no show. I guess this is what our "winters" are supposed to look like. I had forgotten with the drought.
I contracted 4000 colonies at $196. I do all my own loading/unloading placing and deal directly with the almond grower.
I have had the same customer for going on 10 years, we have a well established relationship.
I’m hearing rumors of guys being short on there contracts. A friend tried to drop a load this week but there was a foot of standing water in the orchard.
If anyone needs help with pollination services, feel free to contact me. Also have emergency hives available in January for those who are short.