Going rate for pollination services

Discussion in 'General Beekeeping' started by Larus, May 7, 2011.

  1. Larus

    Larus New Member

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    I have an opportunity to make some extra money providing beehives for pollination. There's a small farmer nearby who wants a hive on his property for melon and berry crop pollination. The beekeeper that he normally does business with lost all his hives during the winter, and hasn't received his package bees yet. I have only 2 hives, but it sounds like one or two hives is all this guy wants.

    If I get in touch with this farmer and we agree that I will move my hives to his property for his pollination season (late June - early July), what's a reasonable price per hive to charge? My hives were both established last week from packages, but they are growing at a good rate, so barring some major problem, they should be up to the task by June.
     
  2. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    Wisconsin was paying 40.00 per hive in 1982 for alfalfa. I would think 60.00 now, but don't know. Maybe someone in your area will come on later. With that small a number of hives, I would also charge trip fee if not very close to home.
     

  3. rast

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    $60 this year for beans, cukes and melons down here.
     
  4. camero7

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    $50 for apples and $60 for blueberries here in MA for me this year.
     
  5. PerryBee

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    Don't know about other crops but blueberry up here pays $125. :mrgreen: