Beekeepers Face Challenges In and Out of Almond Bloom

Western Farm Press/Almond Board of California    By Bob Curtis    February 3, 2015

Almond industry helping to address health and forage issues for honey bees. 

Some 1.7 million beehives have moved into California’s 860,000 acres of almonds across the Central Valley to pollinate the state’s almond crop.

The importance of bees to the success of California Almonds is undeniable. What may be less understood is the amount of money, time and manpower beekeepers invest to get these bees healthy and ready to pollinate the crop.

Beekeepers report that inputs are growing steadily each year, as rising demand and pressures on honey bee health challenge them to produce more and more healthy hives...