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  • Richard
    Feb 8 6:12 PM
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      Replying to the earlier question of what the bees might get from aThistle:
      Some years back, one of the categories for the honey prize competition at the LACo. Fair, was for Star Thistle honey, for which i got a blue ribbon one or two years.
      Regards,


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      From: wd6esz@...
      Date: Sat, 8 Feb 2014 13:08:14 -0800
      Subject: [BASC] Fwd: California almond/weather update

       
      > Date: Sat, 8 Feb 2014
      > From: randy oliver
      > Subject: California almond/weather update
      >
      > Hi All,
      >
      > Since over two-thirds of the nation's hives are currently sitting in
      > California for almond pollination, I thought that the List might like an
      > update. We've been suffering through a crippling drought. Some growers
      > had to cancel their pollination contracts, since they couldn't get water to
      > irrigate their orchards.
      >
      > I moved hives into some orchards where there was bare dirt rather than the
      > usual ground cover of flowering weeds. Almond bloom looked to be coming on
      > early, then the trees came to a screeching halt, leaving hives sitting in
      > the orchards starving for anything to eat. Better beekeepers have been
      > giving supplemental feed to their hives in the orchards. At one of my
      > orchards, the bees hit molasses at an adjacent cattle feedlot.
      >
      > There appears to be plenty of bees in Calif. Our industry seems to have
      > been able to recover its numbers after last year's serious shortage. Looks
      > like the Extinction of the Honey Bee has been put on temporary hold for a
      > while.
      >
      > As it stands today, some early cultivars are partially in bloom in warmer
      > areas, but the main cultivar, Nonpariel, is still at pink bud to popcorn
      > stage. Bloom will likely begin in earnest the middle of next week in
      > Northern Calif., when the weather should warm a bit.
      >
      > No telling how long the bloom will last. Bloom of hardshell varieties may
      > be delayed, which would mean that package producers (some of whom have been
      > sold out since October) may need to delay package deliveries.
      >
      > The good news is that it is finally raining!
      >
      > Most all of Calif's rainfall occurs between Nov and the end of March. This
      > winter it simply didn't happen. Some areas saw no rain for nearly two
      > months. This week we were blessed with a one-two punch of a cold storm
      > followed by a pineapple express. I lifted the following from
      > wunderground.com. Note the sentence that I've placed between asterisks.
      >
      > Pineapple Express Bringing Significant Rains to Drought-Stricken California
      >
      > By Dr. Jeff Masters
      > Published: 10:10 PM GMT on February 06, 2014
      > A very moist "Pineapple Express" flow of air from the Hawaiian Islands will
      > impact California through Sunday, likely bringing enough precipitation to
      > make a noticeable dent in the state's dire drought conditions (though the
      > exceptionally dry and hard soils caused by California's driest year in its
      > history are forcing the heavy rains to run off faster than usual, reducing
      > the amount of moisture that can soak into the soil.) *Some locations may
      > see more rain in a four-day period than they have had during the previous
      > eight months.* NOAA's Weather Prediction Center is calling for most of
      > Northern California to receive more than 2" of precipitation through
      > Sunday, with many higher elevation areas expected to get 4 - 6". Up to
      > three feet of snow is predicted to fall in the Sierra Mountains, though it
      > appears much of the precipitation will fall as rain, reducing the benefit
      > of the moisture during the coming summer months (when Sierra snow melt
      > provides an important source of water.)
      >
      > --
      > Randy Oliver
      Hi All,

      Since over two-thirds of the nation's hives are currently sitting in
      California for almond pollination, I thought that the List might like an
      update. We've been suffering through a crippling drought. Some growers
      had to cancel their pollination contracts, since they couldn't get water to
      irrigate their orchards.

      I moved hives into some orchards where there was bare dirt rather than the
      usual ground cover of flowering weeds. Almond bloom looked to be coming on
      early, then the trees came to a screeching halt, leaving hives sitting in
      the orchards starving for anything to eat. Better beekeepers have been
      giving supplemental feed to their hives in the orchards. At one of my
      orchards, the bees hit molasses at an adjacent cattle feedlot.

      There appears to be plenty of bees in Calif. Our industry seems to have
      been able to recover its numbers after last year's serious shortage. Looks
      like the Extinction of the Honey Bee has been put on temporary hold for a
      while.

      As it stands today, some early cultivars are partially in bloom in warmer
      areas, but the main cultivar, Nonpariel, is still at pink bud to popcorn
      stage. Bloom will likely begin in earnest the middle of next week in
      Northern Calif., when the weather should warm a bit.

      No telling how long the bloom will last. Bloom of hardshell varieties may
      be delayed, which would mean that package producers (some of whom have been
      sold out since October) may need to delay package deliveries.

      The good news is that it is finally raining!

      Most all of Calif's rainfall occurs between Nov and the end of March. This
      winter it simply didn't happen. Some areas saw no rain for nearly two
      months. This week we were blessed with a one-two punch of a cold storm
      followed by a pineapple express. I lifted the following from
      wunderground.com. Note the sentence that I've placed between asterisks.

      Pineapple Express Bringing Significant Rains to Drought-Stricken California

      By Dr. Jeff Masters
      Published: 10:10 PM GMT on February 06, 2014
      A very moist "Pineapple Express" flow of air from the Hawaiian Islands will
      impact California through Sunday, likely bringing enough precipitation to
      make a noticeable dent in the state's dire drought conditions (though the
      exceptionally dry and hard soils caused by California's driest year in its
      history are forcing the heavy rains to run off faster than usual, reducing
      the amount of moisture that can soak into the soil.) *Some locations may
      see more rain in a four-day period than they have had during the previous
      eight months.* NOAA's Weather Prediction Center is calling for most of
      Northern California to receive more than 2" of precipitation through
      Sunday, with many higher elevation areas expected to get 4 - 6". Up to
      three feet of snow is predicted to fall in the Sierra Mountains, though it
      appears much of the precipitation will fall as rain, reducing the benefit
      of the moisture during the coming summer months (when Sierra snow melt
      provides an important source of water.)

      --
      Randy Oliver

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