This is very good news as it give beekeepers some economic leverage. You want to spray? Sure. Your cost per hive for pollination services will be oh....$750. I.e. the replacement cost of the hive and transportation as it will have to be assumed that spraying will kill the hive. And a little something extra... Just Because. So spray to your hearts content, but be prepared to pay.Did anyone read this yet? 25% losses in California pollination.
Well, for one thing they'll have to replace all the comb which is now probably contaminated with pesticides.And a little something extra... Just Because.
Yup. Just think about the loss of companionship, mental anguish, miscellaneous compensatory damages, burial, memorial services....amazing what it would take to make the beekeeper whole.Then I'd taking on a mental anguish fee for the heartbreak of losing your little pals.
Burial, disposal... Oh yeah, that adds up.
If it was true the price of packages would have risen 20% since the almonds? If anyone is buying at a 20% premium we have 1000 three pounder's waiting for a home between today's date and the end of the month!Did anyone read this yet? 25% losses in California pollination.
I keep up on things commercial. "A hundred thousand colonies damaged/lost" is certainly open to interpretation. My experience is that a pretty high percentage of colonies suffer some degree of damage (I presume from those "safe" fungicides) but that any hive which died out in the orchards probably wasn't very good going in. Frankly I haven't liked a lot of what I have seen coming out in recent years, and it's a big reason why I chose not to go. The winter had been a tough one and I just felt it would be prudent to keep my best hives where I could monitor them and not run the risks associated with two long hauls and possible exposure to something that might set them back. I have, however, talked to a number of different commercials that all reported to me that their bees were very strong coming out this year. I played the odds and probably guessed wrong this year, though we still ended up with more than enough bees for our needs.Well, we won't know the score until the reports start being published.
What Kim Flottum has reportd is over a hundred thousand almond pollination colonies damaged/lost due to pesticide application.
Jim, I'm glad you're O.K. and in position to work in earnest to replace those losses.
You should read 'The Buzz'.
Jim, forgive my ignorance, but what is it that you pollinate in East Texas that time of the year? Or are you parking your hives during that time?I left a lot of money on the table and stayed out of the almonds this year. We did so for a number of reasons but first and foremost is that east Texas bees traditionally fare better through the months of February and March than do our "almond bees".
We, like many commercials, winter here and use the beautiful east Texas spring to rebuild and requeen our hives. Most everyone I have heard from is pretty much done splitting down their almond bees already.Jim, forgive my ignorance, but what is it that you pollinate in East Texas that time of the year? Or are you parking your hives during that time?