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I will have 200 hives, after spring splits and would be interested in renting about 100 out for pollination in Alberta.
How would one go about looking for pollination contracts in Alberta.
Is there a pollination list as I have seen for some of the states?
Do you look on the web for canola growers or seed farms?
What are the going rates for pollination in Canada?
Any insight would be appreciated.
Thanks,
Mark
 

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We went to pick blueberries this week at a twenty acre patch.

I saw some equipment on the farm and mentioned to the owner I kept bees.

He shared with me his frustration trying to find a proffesional able to supply quality pollination for the smaller amout of hives he needs.

I'm not sure if you have smaller farms there but if you do maybe that's the perfect niche.
 

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We went to pick blueberries this week at a twenty acre patch.

I saw some equipment on the farm and mentioned to the owner I kept bees.

He shared with me his frustration trying to find a proffesional able to supply quality pollination for the smaller amout of hives he needs.

I'm not sure if you have smaller farms there but if you do maybe that's the perfect niche.
For the right amount of money someone could be found. I doubt he'd be willing to pay though.
 

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For the right amount of money someone could be found. I doubt he'd be willing to pay though.
Probably true!
What would be a good number for you to place 25-40 hives for pollination a short drive from home?

Okay, time for me stop Commercial beekeeping in Canada over the internet!:)
 

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Well, I am in Upstate NY, but not quite Canada, but 25 to 40 hives should be attractive to just about any Commercial Beekeeper w/in a reasonable distance. Were I to supply bees to your blueberry grower I would want $90.00 per hive. Negotiable.
 

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Seed companies are usually not interested in small numbers of hives. Contracts are set between 1-3 years. In addition, the bumper canola crop last year means some companies are scaling back their contracts for this year.
 
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