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Optimal timing key to remove honey bees from almond orchard
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 By Bob Curtis - - The overall objective of honey bee best management practices is to ensure that almonds continue as a good and safe place for bees. When the majority of petals in an almond orchard have fallen, it may be time to remove honey bees if 90 percent of the flowers on the latest blooming variety are at petal fall. Once petals have fallen, no pollination takes place, and bees that forage outside the orchard (up to four miles), seeking alternate sources of food and water, will have a higher risk of coming in contact with insecticide-treated crops. For more information on best management practices for honey bees in almonds, including bee forage, please visit

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California almonds make life better by what we grow and how we grow. The Almond Board of California promotes natural, wholesome and quality almonds through leadership in strategic market development, innovative research, and accelerated adoption of industry best practices on behalf of the more than 6,800 almond farmers and processors in California, most of whom are multi-generational family operations. Established in 1950 and based in Modesto, California, the Almond Board of California is a non-profit organization that administers a grower-enacted Federal Marketing Order under the supervision of the United States Department of Agriculture. For more information on the Almond Board of California or almonds, visit or check out California Almonds on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and the California Almonds blog.