Bees are required for the pollination of California almond blooms. About 1.3 million bee colonies are in the Golden State to pollinate an estimated 740,000 acres of bearing almonds.
Eric Mussen, UC Davis Extension apiculturist, says most bees collect pollen from almond blooms from about 8:30 a.m. to about 2:00 p.m. depending on weather conditions. Mussen suggests applying needed pesticides beyond these hours.
Pollination seminar speakers, from left: Eric Mussen of the University of California, Davis; California beekeepers Matt Beekman of California Apiaries, LLC and John Miller of Miller’s Honey Farms; and Christi Heintz of Project Apis m. Photo by Meg Ribotto.
All smiles at the Almond Industry Conference, from left, Californians John Duarte, Duarte Nursery, Hughson; Scott Hunter, Hunter Farms, Livingston; John Thoming, Ed Thoming & Sons, Tracy; and Joe Martinez, Martinez Ag, Winters.
Attendees at the almond trade show included Joe Bonander, left, JKB Energy, Turlock, Calif. and Marlin Flory, Flory Industries, Salida, Calif.
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