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Saw this on the news last night. Truck hauling honeybees crashes on interstate - NY Daily News I sure hope it wasn't Haynes and Kevin hauling bees to or from a SPECIAL HERB farm for pollination.
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What do you do. Im surprised they burn them when soapy water will do the trick from a foam gun. I can sure make a scary mess just moving frames from my hives to the patio if I don't take my time.
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More like what a shame...and a waste.

I feel liked I've read stories like this multiple times this year. I've heard of the large almond farms on the west coast using large amounts of commercial beekeepers - any crop in particular in NY requiring a large amount of pollinators?
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Old September 30th, 2015, 02:40 PM
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More like what a shame...and a waste.

I feel liked I've read stories like this multiple times this year. I've heard of the large almond farms on the west coast using large amounts of commercial beekeepers - any crop in particular in NY requiring a large amount of pollinators?
The article was from the NY daily news ( google search ). The accident was actually in Oklahoma.
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Ahh...a little more attention to detail was needed on my part
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Wasn't me/but we're (3 of us) hoping to hire a trucking company to take 400 hives to Florida for the winter/$4000+ one way. (trucks will usually holds 480 hives) and make up lots of splits. Probably was some migratory operation hauling bees to the next stop. Pollination guys do what I call "run the circuit" where they travel all over the USA doing services from coast to coast some putting on 10k+ miles in a year. California almonds needs about 1.7 million hives for pollination taking about 1/2 of all managed colonies in the USA that converge in February at the Avg. price of $150 on upwards towards $200 for a 3 week job and the guys with 10-25k hives are complaining they are not making and $.

Maine blueberry pollination brings in 50k plus out of state hives. Demand is certainly there as they say about 1/3 of all food we eat depends upon bees to pollinate and for the farmer to produce a marketable crop.
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