My first custom pollination job has arrived! It is truly exciting for my family to have 288 hives of honey bees brought in to help pollinate our canola crop. Although canola is known as self-pollinating, field tests from other countries have shown a pretty good yield increase from bee assisted pollination when the numbers of hives are great enough.
These bees came straight to my farm from California almond groves, where their work is hard and the pollen is not very good for them, but that is a crop where bee keepers make their money. Crops like canola are an excellent source of protein, fat, and sugar rich pollen to bring tired, weak, de-populated colonies back into a state of prime strength.
After the bees had only been at their new home on my farm for a week, the bee keepers came and built up the hives with extra boxes full of foundations for new honeycombs. It won’t be long before the beeswax combs will be built and filled with honey. I am planning to bottle and sell some of the honey in May.