Living With Almond Production

Placing Bee Hives in an Almond Orchard

California almond trees are in bloom from February through early March. To produce an almond, each flower must be visited by a honey bee or other pollinator. It is estimated that as many as two thirds of all the commercial bee hives in the US are now located in the almond orchids. The bees contribute so much to the almond crop that growers pay between $100 and $200 per hive. Large commercial beekeepers sign contracts to deliver bees. They shut their…

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