This company has not found a way to successfully pollinate any orchard or crop. Read the details and come up with your own summary. According to their website, they ONLY extract available male pollen by harvesting the entire flower. The pollen is processed, labeled according to variety, and stored for use the following pollination year. This stored pollen has to be "blown on" to every female flower at the appropriate time in order to achieve desired results. This process has been in place for many years now(Firman Pollen, Antles Pollen) nothing new.Whoever is in the pollination industry. Take notice of the following "alternative pollination solution". It is a company from Israel that successfully found a way to pollinate almonds artificially. And they target especially the US almond pollination industry.
Quote: "Developed open and cooperative relationships with leading almond growers in the main almond markets - USA and Australia"
Negative to this system is you need to convince any grower to pay for having this pollen blown on to the orchard at the correct time x approx. million bearing acres. Pollen can not be blown on anything while it is raining or heavy fog as pollen is lighter weight than water/fog.
a. What is the actual cost variable to any grower who has to rent/buy a special blower to attach to their tractor or atv ?
b. What is the cost of purchasing this processed pollen on a per acre basis ?
c. Any grower will need to analyze if renting honey bees for pollination versus buying/renting a machine, plus labor costs for spraying and purchasing processed pollen.
I believe as beekeepers we are safe from any potential mechanical intrusion that may or may not disrupt our God given pollinating species.