Wow! I knew Honey Bees were needed for the pollination of many different food crops, but was unaware that they pollinate 1/3 of the food grown.
I know I was reading in a bee magazine about how many bee colonies were needed for the Almond industry in California. They said that, in order to pollinate all the almonds, they need almost 1.5 million bee colonies just for almond trees. They said that the almond industry considers a single hive box with atleast 8 frames of bees to be a colony. They also said that almond growers pay an average of $150 per colony. And one colony is needed for each acre of almonds.
They said that without the bees, the almond industry would fail.
Sounds like you know more about bees than most people do.
Here's the book, \"Beekeeping For Dummies\".
So you have no excuse for not becoming a Beekeeper!
Latt, thanks for all that good info.
The wind does not bother the bees production too much. Except when it's 15 mph or higher.
The one thing that wind does cause, is \"drift\". Bees know which hive they belong to, but when it's really windy, it causes them to get pushed over to the next hive when they come in for a landing.
If you have a bunch of bee hives all in a row and the wind in always blowing the same direction, it causes bees to be blown over to the next hive. And eventually, the hive at the end of the row will increase population with drifted bees and the hive at the other end of the row will become weak in population.
But there is ways to fix that, but it's usually not a big problem unless they are located in an area that always has wind.
Good Question Maya
So how are your Mason Bees doing?