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I'm about 300 yards away from a commercial orchard. All types of apples, a few peaches, etc. They bring bees in - they arrived a couple days ago.

I was really surprised during this morning's dog walk to see them applying something to the bloomed apple trees. It appears to be a dust of some kind, sort of yellowish white. I'm guessing a fungicide? I know those aren't supposed to be harmful to bees, but I still wouldn't think they'd apply them while having rented pollinators in the orchard.

OTOH, I know near zip about this stuff, so I'm asking here: anybody out there know the ins and outs of orchard management. What would they be dusting on there now?

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Wally
 

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probably a fungicide, but I had a grower spray a pesticide while the trees were in full bloom, bad for the bees, really bad for the apple grower, he couldn't figure out why he didn't have any apples, no pollination is tough.
 
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