Troubling Bee Shortage in Almond Orchards

Bug Squad - Happenings in the Insect World   By Kathy Keatley Garvey 2//8/13 

California almond growers are worried--and rightfully so--about the honey bee shortage.

Honey bee guru Eric Mussen, Extension apiculturist with the UC Davis Department of Entomology, said today that almond growers may not have enough bees to pollinate this year's crop of 800,000 acres.

“We need 1.6 million colonies, or two colonies per acre, and California has only about 500,000 colonies that can be used...

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