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Old 06-29-2018, 10:46 AM
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Originally Posted by sea tonic View Post
Do you have to worry about the bees taking over your property?
Yes, they will move in, drink your beer, and sleep with your wife. Be very careful around bees.
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Old 06-29-2018, 11:11 AM
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Whats the hive to acre formula for crops , how's that done . I was walking through an orange grove along a canal some years ago with another subcontractor I would be working with on what was to become a new site . We came upon a long row of hives we had to pass and just kept walking like we'd done it before . The sound and amount of bee's in the air was impressive - couldn't talk - and I fought the urge to bolt as we strode through . We got to the other side and I ask " you ever done that before " , " hell no , that was freaky " he said and we started laughing .

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Old 06-29-2018, 11:27 AM
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For watermelons and cucumber most people around here use 1 hive per acre.
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Old 06-29-2018, 12:13 PM
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A local guy that owned Humboldt Honey had hives/bee boxes scattered on my land. I have lots of land.

He had keys to my gates and just did his thing.

He was a bitchin cool old dude. He paid me with some jars of honey every so often. He always had some fresh honeycomb also. The honeycomb was to die for. Delicious.

He's dead. Hives are gone. I miss that guy.

Cant see making someone pay. Just get some fresh honey.

Having the bees on your property is worth it in and of itself if you have fruit trees and wild berries and such if you ask me.
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Old 06-29-2018, 01:30 PM
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This is THT so you wouldnt be able to spray any Bifen IT or insecticide without consent of bee owner.

Cant disturb the hives. Hive placement important.

Transplant/temp hives may conflict with existing native hives. Competition may drive native hives out, then what do you do when the bee keeper decides to move the hives?
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Old 06-29-2018, 01:36 PM
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Originally Posted by bluffman2 View Post
I am a bee keeper, people pay us to put hives on their place for the purpose of their crops....of course we share the honey with all of them......just jarred up 19 quarts last night....
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Old 06-29-2018, 01:48 PM
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Originally Posted by friogatto View Post
This is THT so you wouldnt be able to spray any Bifen IT or insecticide without consent of bee owner.

Cant disturb the hives. Hive placement important.

Transplant/temp hives may conflict with existing native hives. Competition may drive native hives out, then what do you do when the bee keeper decides to move the hives?
prob not answering your question, but I get a call from the local AG office 12 hours before they spray within 1/2 mile of any of my hives......I simply dampen a sheet and drape it over the hive(s)

as far as removing a hive, there will always be bees in the area, bees travel miles while they are out collecting.....
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Old 06-29-2018, 02:57 PM
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Originally Posted by bayrunner16 View Post
A local guy that owned Humboldt Honey had hives/bee boxes scattered on my land. I have lots of land.

He had keys to my gates and just did his thing.

He was a bitchin cool old dude. He paid me with some jars of honey every so often. He always had some fresh honeycomb also. The honeycomb was to die for. Delicious.

He's dead. Hives are gone. I miss that guy.

Cant see making someone pay. Just get some fresh honey.

Having the bees on your property is worth it in and of itself if you have fruit trees and wild berries and such if you ask me.

This is the truth. My Nephew doesn't pay for any properties, it's free for the tax break or they pay him for pollination. He has bees on the property of folks like you with many acres who just like the hives. That would be free with all you can eat honey, and he meets all the Florida qualifications for the Ag tax break on your property. A strong hive is worth more money when it comes to pollination deals. There are more bees per hive so your plants get more attention. A pro will check out the property to see if his bees will thrive there. A source of water, good foliage, and easy access to the bees with loaders and trucks.

As far as the OP is concerned. If the property looks good, and the owner doesn't mind some trucks once in a while, a substantial tax break is in the works.
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Old 06-29-2018, 04:44 PM
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From what I read and from the tax forms provided by our county, we could claim agricultural zoning if we can document $1,000 of income in two out of three years from growing/producing any product utilized by humans. We have crabbers who can claim their property as agricultural because they use it as a base to collect and process crabs! That's too much work for me!! I don't know if 'leasing' land to a beekeeper and then using their income, if they would share that info, would count. Or, would we have to show $1,000 of 'rent' for two of three years? Even so, having the hives and getting some fresh honey once in awhile, would be ok with us!!
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