January 25, 2012
Preparing for a cross-country trip to California almond pollination
By David L. Green, writer and photographer (Copyright 2012 - no reproduction without permission)
each February, the almonds bloom, and there follows the largest
controlled annual pollination event in the world. Over a million bee
hives are trucked from all across the USA to create the ever-increasing
almond crop - a vital crop for California, and a major US export.
represent about half of the kept honey bees in the entire USA. It's a
big job, but so far, US beekeepers have been up to it.
Kutiks have had a crew of 7 working for a couple weeks to get ready for the trip.
The bees are in 1
1/2 story hives at present. When they return from almonds the boxes
will be reversed. The queen will be pushed down to brood up the deep
box frames, which will be used to make nucs.
The weather has been perfect,
with an excellent maple bloom though January. You can taste the
maple-flavored honey in burr comb. But, this is never extracted; the
bees will use it up in the course of spring brood rearing.
Pollination fees are based on hive strength, so Chuck wants to send only the best bees. Here is one that easily makes the grade!
Most of these bees are in
excellent shape. Chuck is very conciencious of frequent checks, good
nutrition, quality queens and varroa mite control. His bees have never
had "Colony Collapse Disorder" even though they are high mileage bees,
moved and used several times through the season.
Kutik's Honey Farm
285 Lyon Brook Rd. Norwich, NY 13815
607-336-4105, Fax: 607-336-4199
(February through May, we
are usually in South
This page was last updated on February 5, 2012.