I was telling some friends about how farmers pay to have bees moved across the country to pollinate their almonds, berries, melons, etc. They asked, "why don't the almond farmers raise their own bees? Or have it done by a local beekeeper?" I didn't know the answer.:s
Did y'all read the article in January's ABJ titled "Why Do They DO That?"? Stacy McKenna states a number of time that "Commercial migratory beekeepers move their bees from crop to crop because otherwise the bees would starve." Is that why you move yours?
There is more to her article, but that...
Dan Rather's team produced this 30 minute documentary from California's Almond groves, describing the current bee-disaster - with one bee farmer describing losses of 60% - many more losing 30-50-% of their hives.
One bee-farmer says...
I really wish that Blue Diamond would start posting reports earlier and more often on the progression of the bloom.
What are you hearing on move in dates?
I am particularly interested in Northern area forecast, but all of interest.
Sounds like the fourth week in January from my guys.
:lookout: :lookout: :lookout:
For all you out of state'rs who brought bees in to the almonds and went back home with your annual paycheck: Get some rubber boots on your feet and a syrup bucket in your hand.
The weather forcast (Northern California) for the next ten days looks...