My brother and I are taking the leap and going commercial size next year. We have been thinking about pollination lately so this is us putting our feelers out there, we are specifically seeking advice on almonds, but we have yet to ask the experts. Our biggest question and concern is the spraying and long truck hauls, what should we expect for losses from spraying and the long truck hauls? Generally speaking I am asking, I know things may vary year to year. We would be going into it with fairly strong colonies after wintering in Texas. (Next year will also be our first year wintering in Texas, so we really don’t know what to expect with how the bees will do with 20hr hauls). Our bees have never left Minnesota. I am also a firm believer that one should never place all his eggs in one basket, so the plan would be to keep a portion of the colonies home to split and help recover from losses out west. Is this a smart approach? Any and all advice pros and cons are appreciated.