heck of a day

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Zookeep, Nov 15, 2013.

  1. Zookeep

    Zookeep Active Member

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    went out to a ranch today to set up our farmers market tent for Saturday, we were invited out there to sell honey at a big fall festival they have every year, the guy that is running the hole thing has 1000 acre ranch and offered it up for hives, he lives on 10 acres of it and thats all he uses now
     
  2. ApisBees

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    So who uses the rest and what is grown, produced, what is the agricultural practices being carried out on the farm like? He would be aware of the bees and conchies of the impact sprays could have on the bees. If the land is leased the leaser may not be as considerate. Just make sure all are aware to avoid problems.
     

  3. Zookeep

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    its all gone wild, alot of open fields
     
  4. RayMarler

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    Hopefully those open fields are full of nice flowering weeds throughout the year!
     
  5. ApisBees

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    No Mowers, no Cows and no Horses grazing. as long as there is enough moisture? sounds like a good space for bees.
     
  6. efmesch

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    100 acres of unfarmed land, sounds like a beekeepers dream. Go for it. If you see it to be a long term arrangement, you could even do your own share of spreading the seeds of desireable wild flowers.
     
  7. ApisBees

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    Times that by 10 Efmesch it's 1000 Acres ZooKeep needs more cutouts, swarms and supers.
    How are you making out with supers this year are you managing to keep up with the demand?
     
  8. riverbee

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    "the guy that is running the hole thing has 1000 acre ranch and offered it up for hives, he lives on 10 acres of it and thats all he uses now....its all gone wild, alot of open fields"

    wow zoo, are going to put hives on there?........i sure would! :grin:
    like ef said, "100 acres of unfarmed land, sounds like a beekeepers dream. Go for it. If you see it to be a long term arrangement, you could even do your own share of spreading the seeds of desireable wild flowers."

    a beekeepers dream indeed! and btw, not that you don't have enough to do or going on.....well, except you hoard bees so finding them a great place just adds to the hoarding.......it's all good......:lol:
     
  9. Zookeep

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    yes its a ongoing battle with the supers Apis, we only did about 1200 lbs of honey this year but thats cause of 1 of the wettest springs and Summers we have ever had, we had heavy rain felt like 5 out of 7 days a week lasting 2 hours a day, they said we hit 4th or 3rd wettest year since they have been recording and we have had nothing tropical this year in sarasota, thats alot of water coming down, and as for the 990 acres I hope to be going out later today to drive around it and start looking for sites, its going to be long term also, they have had the property in the family for a few generations and never plan on selling even parts of it.
     
  10. efmesch

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    Here's hoping you're right. When Disney started buying up land there were a lot of offers that couldn't be refused. :mrgreen::twisted: