Almond Pollination 2014.2 AKA 2015.1
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  1. #1
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    Default Almond Pollination 2014.2 AKA 2015.1

    Been waiting to hold off on saying this for a few days but I think its getting very likely were are in line for a repeat of an early bloom like last year. The wild almond trees are pitching the color pink as of today and the high pressure and high temps are set to stick around. My son was out pruning almonds yesterday and says our first variety is "on the move."

    With the highs in my area and Modesto forecast for over 60 degrees the next 8 days with a few of them close to 70 there is little chance the buds will keep their jackets on much longer. Warm up them forklifts ladies and gentleman cause the games are about to begin.

    Was tossing the last round of Keiths miracle sub on today and the pollen was coming in so hard I think the bees might just toss it out the back door.

    Rain anyone?

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  3. #2
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    Default Re: Almond Pollination 2014.2 AKA 2015.1

    I saw a bee the other day with so much pollen on its back legs it had to take a break on the gate before going on. It was from a small yellow flower growing along the ground. The field was covered with it.

  4. #3
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    Default Re: Almond Pollination 2014.2 AKA 2015.1

    I was hoping for rain this weekend to push my latest planting of wheat but it seems my hopes and dreams are no longer in the forecast. I see bees going into the orchards already in our area, better get cracking.

  5. #4
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    Default Re: Almond Pollination 2014.2 AKA 2015.1

    I will start placing hives this weekend into Almonds.
    Last edited by Barry; 01-14-2015 at 11:21 AM.

  6. #5
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    Default Re: Almond Pollination 2014.2 AKA 2015.1

    I was called last night to have my bees in the orchards by Feb 1.

  7. #6
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    Default Re: Almond Pollination 2014.2 AKA 2015.1

    We sent 2 trucks this week and are loading one a day for the next 5 days.

  8. #7
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    Default Re: Almond Pollination 2014.2 AKA 2015.1

    Any one else here anything about needing the bees in earlier than planned?

  9. #8
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    Default Re: Almond Pollination 2014.2 AKA 2015.1

    MN, it's all weather dependent..... we could get some magical cold weather in February which will hold the trees, but it's all speculation at this point.

  10. #9
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    Default Re: Almond Pollination 2014.2 AKA 2015.1

    Last year was the earliest for first blooms I have ever seen.
    In Butte County, we had a bloom here and there on the 9th of Feb. on the Winters variety.
    Then, oddly, the bloom progression just stopped for several days and then was about right on normal schedule.
    And then the rest of the orchards experienced a flash bloom.
    Weird year!
    I have exactly ONE more hive than you.
    That makes my opinion beyond dispute!

  11. #10
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    Default Re: Almond Pollination 2014.2 AKA 2015.1

    This year seems weird to me.Way warmer than usual . The last few days flocks of geese and swans have been showing up in this mountain valley(3400'), coming from the south. Thats about a month early even for a drought year, which unfortunately, its beginning to look like.Drove up I-5 yesterday after dropping off bees. I saw a few of the old leaves still hanging on the orchards south of Red Bluff. They were still green.The trees had that 'thick' look that means things are starting to move.

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