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When you receive you pollen, immediately remove it from the box and place it in the FREEZER.
On the day of application, remove the pollen from the freezer and place in the shipping box or cool box with NO ice packs. This will allow the pollen to come up to ambient temperature. Bees will stop to clean themselves of ice cold pollen before visiting any blossoms.
Proper application of supplemental pollen is critical in achieving quantifiable results. Research has always shown that splitting pollen application into multiple applications produces better results. The timing of applications is the most critical step in the use of supplemental pollination. Pollen application is always controlled by bloom stage and weather.
First application should occur when your targeted variety is at 20 to 30% bloom. At this time the trees of the targeted variety will appear quite white, 2 to 3 flowers out of every 10 will be open. DO NOT judge bloom stage by the outside rows. Walk the orchard and check for consistency. Application should start when the average tree of the targeted variety is at 20 to 30% bloom. Applying pollen too early will minimize the number of flowers that will be fertilized, which will minimize the return on money spent.
Additional applications will be determined by how quickly or slowly your bloom progresses. The second application should be applied at 50 to 60% bloom. If a third application is used, it should be applied at 60 to 80% bloom. The weather will play the largest role in determining the speed at which the bloom progresses and the timing of the second and third applications.
Weather considerations control application strategies, plan accordingly.
In hot weather, bloom may progress very rapidly. Applications may occur on consecutive days or may require multiple applications on 1 day. It is imperative that a close watch on bloom is maintained.
Individual applications may occur as much as 3 to 5 days apart. Judging bloom stage becomes more difficult because each individual tree may have a wide variance in bloom stage.
Pollen can't be applied in the rain or fog. Applications must be made whenever possible. In order to apply pollen at least 2 to 3 hours of bee flight and dry weather are needed. Applying pollen during the dry periods is imperative for setting a full crop.
Placing the Inserts on the Beehive
Placing Pollen in the Bee Hive Inserts
Pollen is applied when bloom stage and weather permit. Contact us if you have questions regarding your specific dusting equipment.
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