Hello, Growers

As beekeepers build up bee strength and prepare colonies for transport to almond orchards, growers should also start making plans for pollination 2017. Contact your beekeeper this month to reach an agreement on you needs, including number of colonies, colony strength and delivery schedule. Maintain communication with your beekeeper as the season approaches — and all during pollination — to avoid misunderstandings and to be sure each party is meeting the others’ expectations. Refer to “Honey Bee Best Management Practices for California Almonds” to refresh your understanding of your role in protecting honey bee health while bees are in your orchards.