How many lease hives for pollination purposes to farms and orchards? I was approached by a farmer today that is in the infant stages of switching over from cotton to cucumbers in the next couple of years. He was asking if I could supply some hives for pollination and what was the cost. I had not really considered leasing out hives but it really got me thinking.... 1) What is the going rate per hive; on average. 2) Is there a hive per acre ratio based upon the crop variance; cucumbers, strawberries, etc. 3) On average how long do hives need to be present to complete the cycle, 4-6 weeks? 4) If you are trying to supply honey orders in addition to pollinating do you maintain certain hives for certain functions? This is the 2nd person that has approached me regarding pollination. I know there are pros & cons I just don't know what they are!