The arrival of honey bees in almond orchards heralds the beginning of the pollination season. This year, rain-soaked ground has made the movement of delivery trucks carrying bee boxes into orchards a challenge. Nevertheless, growers should do all they can to provide a clear area for bee drop-off, and be sure roads are free of obstructions and maintained. Place hives for optimum health and safety to bees, including near flowering forage, if possible, away from areas prone to shade or flooding and with a buffer zone between hives and pesticide-treated areas. Read this article for more information on timing and placement of honey bee hives to maximize pollination in your almond orchard.