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That looks massively monocultural. Wow.

I guess it's clear why the almond growers don't keep their own bees - once that bloom is over they would starve.

Something about that really doesn't seem like a good idea.
 

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The growers are going to have trouble finding the fungicide timing in some of those groves !
The plane was swooping ours as the sun set. Rain tomorrow.:) Everywhere the air smells of the stuff as the last two days its been all helicopters and planes!!!!!
 

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Honey for all, in our area, when growing Chick Peas, wet weather will increase the need for fungicides. How does wet weather affect the need for fungicides on Almonds?
 

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Wow what an amazing pic. Fascinating.

Seems the bees don't have to focus on all the trees all at the same time there may be a few days? variance.

By the difference running along some fence lines looks like as well as topography there may be some irrigation differences or maybe variety differences?

Would also be interesting to analyse nut set or production in the different locations although probably impossible.
 

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What do the growers do in relation to placement of hives near the boundary with the neighbor? Do they ask you to stay away from the boundary by some margin?
 

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That is quite a picture!! Are the dark portions of the pic "Low lands" or "High Lands" - I guess I can assume they are not wet spots.

Either way - thanks for the pic - it is an education in itself.
 

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Cool photo!

hpm - The darker areas are the lower areas
 
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