Almond growers and beekeepers have their fingers crossed that apiarists from California and out of state can supply the state's 900,000 bearing acres of almond orchards with enough honeybees to pollinate and set this year's crop. To do so, farmers and beekeepers are counting on having enough healthy honeybees—about 1.8 million beehives are needed to do the job. Bob Curtis, director of agricultural affairs for the Almond Board of California, said concerns arise each year about whether there will be enough bees. Speaking at an Almond Board-led workshop in Woodland focused on bee health and pollination, Curtis described the annual pollination preparation as a balancing act. "Over the last few years, we've had a sufficient supply of healthy bees for setting the crop," he said. "It's not a trivial issue and we're going to do everything we can to make sure that we've got that supply for pollination."
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