Honey Bee Colony Strength in the California Almond Pollination Market

Brittney Goodrich and Rachael Goodhue

from ARE Update Vol. 19, No. 4, Mar/Apr, 2016

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Abstract

Honey bee colony strength is an important factor in almond pollination decisions due to increased pollination efficiency of larger colonies. Growers use contract provisions to secure a minimum level of colony strength, thus making strength an influential component of the overall colony supply and demand which has not been considered in previous economic analyses.

Keywords

hive density, frame count, pollination contracts, pollinate, bees, pollination fees

Citation

Brittney Goodrich and Rachael Goodhue. "Honey Bee Colony Strength in the California Almond Pollination Market." ARE Update 19(4)(2016):5-8. University of California Giannini Foundation of Agricultural Economics.
http://giannini.ucop.edu/publications/are-update/issues/2016/19/4/honey-bee-colony-strength-in-the-california-almond/