With almond bloom approaching in a few weeks, California beekeepers are preparing their colonies to help pollinate the blossoms.
Because of the dry winter so far, there is less food available to bees, so beekeepers have been giving them supplemental nutrition that consists of a mixture of sugar syrup and protein feed, plus pollen substitutes.
When the bloom starts, it will take 1.5 million bee colonies to pollinate the state’s 760,000-acres of almond trees.
Source: California Farm Bureau Federation Food and Farm News, Jan. 18, 2012
Courtesy of Lee Whistler