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Pinnacle last won the day on November 7 2019

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  1. Meh - it looks to me like they’ve seen an opportunity and are now trying to fit a story to it, by #######ising the science and throwing red herrings into the mix. Not an unusual business approach Unfortunately.
  2. Interesting thanks - did you soak it on the roll, or cut into strips then soak? Cheers
  3. @Maggie James I agree - a few know it alls on here tend to shoot down very sensible questions rather than engage with the people asking them. I imagine Grant has some interesting data on visitors or readers or members vs “commenters” and the commenters would be a very small group.
  4. I did have a look through the list to see if there was a dramatic eye roll but unfortunately no
  5. Mount the crane at the rear of the deck if you can - you trade off a bit of road handling/comfort but gain the ability to load both deck and trailer if you need to. i would agree on about 250-300kg pallet weight. Cheers
  6. @Don Mac this group of chemistry isn’t only used as a seed treatment. Last I looked there were foliar-applied versions available also, which broadens the range of uses and crops. Cheers
  7. @Alastair I thought having a personality disorder was a pre-requisite for a beekeeper
  8. Don I’m not sure this was sprayed “during flowering”. Jamo said the bees went in 4 days after application - which suggests pre-flower application. Some clarification would be good. remember the reduction in bees could just have easily been whatever the neighbour was up to, or whatever the guy over the road sprayed. We’ve pollinated kiwifruit for several years around the pre-flower use of these products and I haven't seen an issue. of course if they were indeed applied on open flowers, that would be a different issue.
  9. From memory they all have to be used before kiwifruit flowering starts. Recommend the orchard is mown first so the sward is not flowering also. these chemicals themselves are not particularly dangerous to bees. there will be bee safety statements on each label - these labels can be accessed on the acvm website. However the restriction on before flowering use only is mandated by Zespri cheers
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    And my post is definitely not relevant
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    john jacob jingleheimer schmidt?
  12. @Alastair for what it's worth, a couple of comments about our hives (have found staples effective and safe). 1) haven't put staples in wet. Don't care if they've got crystals on them, but we haven't put them in wet. 2) we're heavily involved in pollination - started in July in summerfruit, still going now in kiwifruit. Relevance is that they're always on a nectar flow of some sort and when they're not, we're feeding syrup to maintain hive strength. That might support your thoughts about stores vs fresh nectar. 3) we've got all hive doctor vented floors and dampness in the hive is never an issue. @CraBee I have to admit to some nervousness after reading all the above on autumn treatments and have been thinking similar to you - maybe apivar. cheers
  13. Ted I'm sorry, but I disagree. As others have stated, this is very much an early trial product and we're all playing and learning to use it. While Phil has supplied laminated strips - at the behest of others I might add - he has been clear that they're for trial. I doubt that Phil has somehow made a stack of cash out of this so far. I think if he took his time, hive losses, machinery development etc into account he still be in the red (my assumption). if someone asked me to go on a "road trip" at this time of year, with hives at full rip, moves going on, treatments in and out, honey flow starting etc I would be telling them "no way". Again - this is a trial product. Perhaps those that have gone 100% hell for leather across all of their hives and completely changed their varroa management overnight with an unproven product, should be looking at their own decisions, not someone else's. Take some personal responsibility.
  14. Alastair and others - I think the reason you are not getting answers is possibly because no one has those answers. This is still kinda new, we can all hypothesise reasons for what we’re seeing until the cows come home, but unless someone is prepared to spend serious cash on lab research to look at mechanisms for bee effects, we’re probably not going to get an accurate answer. as I’ve already said - I’m not at all convinced this is a straight bee tox issue. Reason being that once hives have had OA strips for awhile, it seems you can hit them really hard and they no longer have those adverse impacts. I’ve put 10 fresh strips in a double box hive This spring in an effort to slow them down, with zero apparent effect. However like you say, I put 6 in some boxes in winter and had a major bee kill as I reported somewhere back up this thread. could be due to bee health (Sick bees die scenario) could be due to bee numbers (large hive less OA per bee or some bee deaths not as apparent scenario) could be the acidification thing you mention (maybe they “get used to it” scenario) could be a food supply thing - someone commented above along these lines (during a flow bees cope fine scenario) hell, I’ve even been thinking there could be some gene expression or up regulation effects, with whatever that means for how bees react... there will be other suggestions but like I say, I’m not sure we’ll ever have hard answers, certainly not in the short term. ive played a lot with formic and pretty much all of the above applies to that acid as well. Using formic at the rates I do, on a small colony in say august, means they only just recover in time for our flow in late November! Same or even heavier dose at the start of the flow or if they are on the brink of swarming has almost zero bee impact at a colony scale plenty of ideas and it still beats all those little plastic strips I’ve had to dump in the past
  15. @Alastair if you go right back early in this thread somewhere you might remember some comment/discussion or musings on treated hives losing some bee numbers After treatment due to pms or maybe virus load or whatever. The thought being that there was some issue with those bees that wasn’t obvious visually but became expressed after exposure to strips. I still have no idea what the mechanism is but I’m not convinced it’s straight OA toxicity, because I’ve only seen the symptoms you describe in hives treated for the first time. it seems when I follow staples with staples there is zero obvious impact on bees. I commented to Phil is is almost as though they have a “memory” and once they’ve dealt with it before it is much easier next time around. I know that’s not the right term, but once the hives are running on staples it seems I can stick any old number in and I’m not too precious about how wet they are or whether they’re covered in crystals or whatever, the bees seem to cope fine.
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