I’ve mentioned that almonds are one of California’s biggest crops. Just so you know, here’s some more info that supports the fact that the beekeeping industry should be paying more attention to this tree.
Last year there were 740,000 bearing acres of almonds, but more importantly, there were 85,000 acres of non-bearing acres. That [...]
Almond Tuesday 1
Met with pollination broker Joe Traynor and USDA bee researcher Frank Eishen and others breakfast at 6:30 the first day in Bakersfiled. Frank and his two technicians, all from Weslaco, TX USDA Honey Bee Research Lab are here to study bloom time, pollination efficiency and bee density. They’ll make three trips [...]
I’ve been having the most remarkable conversations with very good honey tasters. I’ve been lucky with finding honey tasters lately.
It started with Marina Marchese, who came to visit our Medina Beekeepers last week. She’s one of the best known honey tasters…or sommelier as true tasters like to be called. Marina wrote a book [...]
I just attended the 99th Annual meeting of the Iowa Honey Producer’s Association. They meet in Marshaltown every year at a motel large enough to handle the 150+ people attending. The Association has about 400 members state wide so 40% of their members attending was outstanding.
Though not nearly as contentious, dramatic, or as well [...]
I went to Georgia last week. That’s why I’ve been gone from here so long…I was having way, way too much fun.
Actually, I started in Alabama, at their Annual Fall meeting in Montgomery. A good crowd and some old friends. Ted Kretchman was there, the only commercial beekeeper left in the state now. There [...]
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