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  1. #1
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    Default Total loss almonds

    Heard today of a orchard in orland is a total loss. Iím not sure what frost prevention tactics he had in place. Tragic....

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    Went right to winter as the bloom got going. Might be a bad year for the almond growers.

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    Have 2 nights in the high 20s... tonight is going to be the 3rd night and coldest. Also causing havoc on brood.....

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    The orchards I'm in are all in Durham the week before the freeze most trees were at peak bloom or very close to peak the bees definitely got time to pollinate as long as the freeze protection was adequate things should be ok the grower says

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    The word I am getting is that it is too early to know.
    There are two things that the growers know for certain:

    If the premium for crop insurance always seemed like a waste of money; it doesn't now.

    If the grower has crop insurance in place this year, they may just receive a large sum of money for the first time on their claim.
    I have exactly ONE more hive than you.
    That makes my opinion beyond dispute!

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    Default Re: Total loss almonds

    Do beekeepers get paid going in or going out?

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    Usually both half when delivered half when removed but there are all kinda deals out there

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    Default Re: Total loss almonds

    Co-worker said they got some snow in Arbuckle yesterday...

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    Default Re: Total loss almonds

    That’s crazy. I’ve got hives in an orchard with sprinklers. His trees look fine. On another orchard, no frost protection, all the white petals are brown.

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    Still lots of viable bloom, looks like much was saved by the sprinklers. Some orchards are showing more leaves than bloom.Another week maybe.
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    Thank you for the report, Mike.
    Appreciate it!
    I have exactly ONE more hive than you.
    That makes my opinion beyond dispute!

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    I'm beginning to have flashbacks of last year as wet as the orchards are now from all the sprinklers for freeze protection and with all the rain forecasted for latter this week into next week moving out looks to be a muddy mess good luck out there

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    Quote Originally Posted by liljake83 View Post
    I'm beginning to have flashbacks of last year as wet as the orchards are now from all the sprinklers for freeze protection and with all the rain forecasted for latter this week into next week moving out looks to be a muddy mess good luck out there
    Thats how it looks to me too. The weather has been changing so fast maybe it will bounce the other way.

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    Default Re: Total loss almonds

    Mike, I couldnít open your picture you posted. Can you post it again? Thanks

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    That was my first attempt to put a picture right on a post. I thought it worked. Is it messed up?

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    I tried to click on the thumbnail but nothing came up. Who knows, Iíve never figured out how to post a picture on here either.

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    Worked for me. Maybe Mike changed something since then.

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    Massive hailstorm in Sac area yesterday, looks like it snowed. Now it's probably 30mph gusts and it's cold as heck.....

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    Hope things improve soon.
    http://www.westernfarmpress.com/tree...-reveal-itself
    It seems Blue Diamond crop progress report reverted to 2017 info?
    Tie your hats on folks, NOAA is predicting a big blow.
    Good luck
    Brian

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    Yesterday, I was talking with a crop advisor in Butte County, looking at an almond orchard with 85% crop loss due to frost.
    He said that there are orchards in the Orland and Corning areas that are much worse.
    He also said that this seems to happen about every 10 years.
    I asked my grower about that and he said that in 2010 he lost the Winters (earliest) variety crop but did well otherwise.

    There is no easy money in agriculture. Not in bees and not in trees.
    It's all farming. You are either a farmer or you are not.
    I have exactly ONE more hive than you.
    That makes my opinion beyond dispute!

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