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disappearing bees    (Posted Tue, Apr 10 '07 at 05:48 UTC)

Here is what my local paper says about the disappearing bees:

Keeping bees busy
Farmers put hives in high demand
Leonor Vivanco, Staff Writer
Article Launched: 04/04/2007 12:00:00 AM PDT

Photo Gallery: Running Bees
MENTONE - When that buzzing sound comes near, most people frantically shoo the bees away.

But beekeepers want to keep them busy and keep them from disappearing. In addition to making honey, the worker bees pollinate crops.

If the honeybees here stay healthy and don't start dropping like flies as they have elsewhere across the country, they would prove to be especially useful for almond crops.

"People are trying to pay more because there's a shortage of bees," said Jon Soffel, a fifth-generation beekeeper for Soffel Honey Co.

Almond growers are paying $120 to $160 a hive, he said.

Soffel has seen his business increase and started this season with more bees than last season. The company has about 1,800 hives.

"Almond growers are planting almonds faster than people are making bees," said Soffel.

Many bee colonies are dying because of mites and a mysterious phenomenon being called colony collapse disorder.

"The difficulty, from my understanding, is they don't have a good handle on why it's happening in the first place," said

Grif Thomas, deputy agricultural commissioner/sealer for the San Bernardino County Department of Agriculture/Weights and Measures.
Last week, he saw some bees swarming to the east Highland area, which was a good sign.

"It appears to be OK at least at this point," he said.

It hasn't hurt Soffel's business. If their bees started dying out, it would not be good business, he said.

"It would pretty much tear it down," he said.

But now the Soffels seem to be reaping the benefits, when they load the bees on a tractor- trailer and haul them to Bakersfield and have their bees pollinate almond and plum crops.

Bees are a major pollenizer, but not the only one, for citrus crops. They're not as dependent on bees as almond crops are.

So the sting of losing bees wouldn't be quite as severe here.

"The bees don't really affect the citrus," said Steve Buoye, a beekeeper in Mentone who also has 25 acres of orange groves.

They can make honey from the orange trees.

Orange trees can pollinate themselves so they don't need the bees, said Chuck Hills, farm supervisor for Larry Jacinto Farming.

"Your almond guys will be out of business without bees," he said.

"I feel bad for the beekeepers, but it won't affect the (orange) crop here in Redlands."

Buoye said his bees mainly pollinate avocado crops locally and in the Bakersfield area.

"Trying to keep them alive - it's always a challenge," Buoye said about the bees.

He usually takes the bees to flowered areas to keep them healthy.

"This year is going to be tough because there's no rain," he said.

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 We Be Growin'
Re: disappearing bees    (Posted Tue, Apr 17 '07 at 05:02 UTC)

The disappearing bees is now turning out to bee (pun intended) a global disaster and it is touted that nearly 60% of the world's honey bees are being decimated by this mysterious phenom. Perhaps rather than shrugging it off as "not affecting us Orange Growers" you might reconsider the words of Albert Enstein, "When the bees go, so goes man" . His hypothesy so many years ago was that when the bees were no longer around to pollenate the food source the population would die out at a concentrated rate of about 4 years.

The closest thing that the world's scientists' have as a conjecture to the problem is perhaps the massive use of cell phones is causing a confusion with the bees radar sensing devices and in their confusion they are abandoning their colonies and fly until they die. Gee, would mankind unhook to save itself? Or would they look to us growers to "fix it"?

Ron & Tamie Odom
Re: disappearing bees    (Posted Sun, Dec 30 '07 at 09:14 UTC)

We can still buy bees for $20.00 a pound .Buy your bees keep not only the area clean but the hives , it takes work , you have to remember how long does a bee live .? The natural life of a bee? Start to grow clover instead of grass in your yards , instead of your wife's flowers garden grow herds , and veggies .Grow a few flowers , but grow food , watch for the bee, do not pray to kill , you will see the bees , my yard was full of bees this year . Do not cut your grass so low , if you have clover let it grow , a bit .It is like the chatter about local honey , they are jacking the price up.

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Re: disappearing bees    (Posted Sun, Dec 30 '07 at 11:45 UTC)

I have orchard mason bees and they do a very good job of pollination.

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 Coal City
Re: disappearing bees    (Posted Fri, Jan 18 '08 at 09:48 UTC)

It is interesting to note that Albert stated " 4 years" after the bees disappear that man will....and then there's this thing about the Mayan Indian calendar and the year 2012. Well figuire 2008 plus four years...that puts us at 2012.

Something to think about!!!

Re: disappearing bees    (Posted Mon, Mar 3 '08 at 07:15 UTC)

I was wrong on the price , but close , you have to buy 3 pounds from here

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Re: disappearing bees    (Posted Fri, Aug 15 '08 at 09:54 UTC)

Hi Ive been trying to look in to the bees disappearing and Ive been reading about how it can effect our fruit and vegitable crops. I was just wondering how bees effect these crops? Do farmers use bees to grow food? Sorry if I sound dumb Im just really interested in finding out whats going on. Thanks

Re: disappearing bees    (Posted Fri, Aug 15 '08 at 08:29 UTC)

Try typing in "bees" and "pollination" in a search engine.

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 East Aurora
Re: disappearing bees    (Posted Sat, Aug 16 '08 at 04:08 UTC)

If it weren't for bees to pollinate, everything from apples to pumpkins probably wouldn't exist. Therefore, the extinction of bees would definitely limit our choices at Thanksgiving, along with every other meal of the year.

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