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Hive density: Are you getting enough pollination?

Friday, March 15, 2013

John Gibeau, Honeybee Centre. -  

On the cover of the March 2013 issue of the Canadian publication, Fruit and Vegetable Magazine, is a feature article titled "Hive Density – Do you have enough?"  The article should be a mandatory read for any high bush blueberry grower who doubts the need to rent honeybee hives for pollination. The author, Margaret Land, provides research results from Dr. Elizabeth Elle, a professor of biological sciences at SFU, and Lindsay Button, which states that if blueberry plants are thoroughly pollinated, the value of the crop per acre would increase by $3,200 for the Duke variety and $6,000 for the Bluecrop variety.

Honeybee Centre recommends three to four colonies per acre for each of these varieties and some of our more experienced blueberry growers rent six colonies per acre. At $85/colony, six colonies would cost $510, which is an excellent value when you compare it against the increased value of production. Read the full article, Hive density: Are you getting enough pollination?

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