Bee Wranglers

Posted Wednesday, March 19, 2008, at 8:02 AM
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  • "Some areas have seen their bee populations disappear for no apparent reason, so some enterprising folks came up with the idea of renting bee colonies to growers in these areas."

    Brian, the current "hive collapse syndrome" has absolutely NOTHING TO DO with the nation's commercial pollination industry developing as a major agricultural asset.

    LARGE COMMERCIAL BEEKEEPERS have been moving semi-truckloads of bee hives throughout the country for several decades.

    Prior to the operation going to the big ris for transportation, three-ton extended flat-bed trucks, towing 30-40 foot flatbed trailers also loaded with hives were common.

    The disappearing bee problem has become a major problem the past two years, and many of the commercial bee-keeper pollinators have been virtually wiped out.

    Some have been forced to replace hive populations several times within two years. Fortunaltely queen bees have always produced huge quantities of eggs for depositing in honeycomb cells, so the hives can rebuild quickly.

    Use GOOGLE and research these things before you BLOG your thoughts.

    Where agriculture is concerned, shooting from the hip in your new neighborhood will only destroy your credibility.

    -- Posted by bigsurmac on Thu, Mar 20, 2008, at 5:08 PM
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    Thanks for your comments and constructive criticism.

    -- Posted by Brian Hoag on Fri, Mar 21, 2008, at 9:27 AM
  • I don't think city slicker was saying that the current "hive collapse syndrome" was CAUSED by the nation's commercial pollination industry. He was saying that that BECAUSE of the hive collapse syndrome, the ag industry has had to import bees to help pollinate crops. You'd probably be surprised at how many people in this "neighborhood" know very little about agriculture as a whole. At least city slicker has the credibility to admit he's not an expert.

    -- Posted by cowgurl1 on Fri, Mar 21, 2008, at 9:43 AM
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