Wow.740 thousand acres of almond trees. That is about 1,200 square
miles. If all the trees were in one gigantic field it could measure 30 miles by
40 miles.Modern, industrial agriculture is much more complex than it
was when people threw grain out in the dirt for the chickens. So few feed so
Parasitic mites are the reason most apiaries are declining. I used to be in that
industry and have seen it for myself! It is ironic that pesticides are being
blamed but the proper use of miticide pesticides are the only solution.
At the moment there is only one island left in the world with dease free bees
and they air freight container loads of bee colonies to the Almond harvest. So
I think it is time for a bit more money to be spent on research to both Hive
Colapse and Varroa Mite.