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    Posted: 18 Nov 2020 at 7:24pm
This is the first time in 25 years there hasn't been a live beehive in the front yard. The girls are headed for the almond Groves in Southern California. Dropped a truck load of them off this afternoon. Combining them with several other guys on the semi truck.
This will be the second or third this guy has taken out this fall.   They are on a semi gonna leave at 1st light tomorrow. Wound up with 50 hives on the truck. Don't know how many #2 son added to the load. Maybe another 20 or so.
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Wow! who will take care of them in California? Good luck!
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The guy transportating them has 5000 hives. He needed more hives to finish out his last load. He has a broker that leases them to the almond growers. He and his wife will head out right after Christmas and sorta look after them. He gets a lot of money for leasing them to the growers. That money pays for all transportation costs + allows a little for the hive owners.
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Thanks Tom. I wish you good luck. I know Adam Ebert has shipped some to California.
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neat, just bee careful.....
gotta ask NO bees in California ? Did the greenies ban them too ??
crazy you have to import bees....
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Originally posted by jaybmiller jaybmiller wrote:

neat, just bee careful.....
gotta ask NO bees in California ? Did the greenies ban them too ??
crazy you have to import bees....
Wink California Land of Fruits and Nuts LOLLOLLOL You need bees to pollinate most fruits and nuts. Almonds being one crop all pollination is by bees. They have just released some new varieties that "self" pollinate but are not proven yet. Almonds are usually the first of the tree crops to start blooming and one that needs bees the most.

Over a million acres of almonds in Calif. Two hives per acre minimum to pollinate almonds. If you can afford it more bees is better. I have seen almonds start to bloom in early Jan all the way to March. Sometime in Feb is considered normal. The bloom lasts about 2 weeks. If we get a cold and or rainy spell in that bloom you are far better with more bees. Wink A bee has visited each bloom to make each one of those nuts you munch. LOL

As large as the state is the almond growing area is 3 to 400 miles north to south and some bees can be used in the south and again in the north. But if the whole years profit depends on a bee, you sleep much better if the hive is sitting in the orchard awaiting the bloom than seeing buds develop and no bees yet.

Not being in the business I don't know the current price but I think it could be getting close to $300 per hive to rent bees for the almond pollination.  But the almond grower wants heathy active bees. So a good bee keeper does the best to make sure the bees are taken care of. Almond acres are still growing as well. I have seen a number but not remembering it,  but a very large % of all bees in the USA end up in Calif for the almond pollinating.




Edited by Ray54 - 22 Nov 2020 at 1:58pm
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote HD6GTOM Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 Nov 2020 at 7:02pm
I didn't know Adam and Phil shipped bees. It make sense though. Last I knew they had between 900 and 1500 hives. With no state fair this year, I havn't spoken to either of them for a year. We do get all our plastic bears/bottles from them.
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