These state-of-the-art Varroa-resistant bees show promise as a practical, sustainable Varroa control option for commercial beekeepers, which could pay great dividends in healthier bees, reduced colony losses and improved pollination security.
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The flush of color the almond bloom brings to valley is a spectacular indicator that a new year is upon us. It is also a time to reflect and congratulate each other on the productivity and hard work of the previous year. Like 2020, 2021 will have its own unique set of challenges. The fall rain growers with drip irrigation rely on to germinate their cover crop in order to feed bee colonies before almond bloom was non-existent this year. Orchards with micro-sprinklers, flood or solid set irrigation that germinated the seed by late October achieved bloom as early as mid-January. Choosing the right cover crop mix is important. However, depending on the circumstances the timing of planting and germination is often more crucial. Even during a very dry fall and winter, achieving successful cover crops that bloom early enough to feed bees before, during and after almond bloom can be accomplished with very little water. For example, an almond grower In Ceres who planted the PAm Brassica Mix in October and irrigated only once for 24 hours on 10/21/2020 experienced excellent ground coverage and bloom by January 15th!
The following information will help you accomplish your regular orchard management tasks without posing a risk to bees and their ability to pollinate effectively. The honey bee is a small creature, and attention to small details regarding their health and safety is an important factor in achieving high yields.