Re: Almond pollination problems
The nectarines, peaches, and almonds all blooming at the same time.
I have them here with the same environment. So there is no way to keep
the bees out when they can fly 50' above. Besides, erecting such a fence around
the 20 acres is quite expensive and not even sure it will work for this situation. Many unsuspected birds
for sure will be caught by this net though. How many birds you have to kill before realizing this. Mandarines and
nectarines are not the same specie or related at all. They bloom at different time of the year when
resources are limited to the bees. My only idea is to put more hives per acre to make up for the drifters. And sharing
the cost of pollination with the nectarines grower is out of the question because this is not his problem at all. Why would someone pay/share the pollination cost when the hives are not on his side? How can you prove to be your bees on his nectarines orchard? Might as well absorb the cost of this one by increasing your colony number right in the middle of
the almond orchard.
Don't mix foreign bees into a virgin hive. She might get balled 100% of the time! When will you ever learn, huh?