Increase your crop production and profit

Honey bees can provide the pollination services required for the production of apples, pears, nashi fruit and quinces that meet current quality standards and have good marketability.  Pollination is essential for fruit set and for the formation of seeds.  Seeds produce hormones that benefically affect growth and size of individual fruit. Fruits with seeds distributed evenly in the ovary are uniformly shaped, but those with seeds unevenly distributed are usually misshapen. Better fruit set on king bloom (eg. In a research trial, 240 fruit / 100 flower clusters on apple trees open to bee visits compared to 8 fruit / 100 clusters on apple trees caged to prevent bee visits).

The 7 Benefits of Pollination with Rentabee

  • Seed numbers for improved fruit quality in terms of shape and size ( 7seeds per fruit on open trees compared to 2 seeds on caged trees.
  • Evenly shaped fruit.
  • Longer storage life as well as fewer core root issues.
  • Earlier pollination before ovules begin to degenerate (research has shown that pollination of “Delicious” flowers 48 and 72 hours after flower opening produced low sets of 11% and 3% respectively).
  • Elimates bi-annual crops and reduced stress on trees.
  • Better flavour because of growth hormones when seeds are set.
  • Optimum pollination of king blooms for quality fruit, and a better bottom line because more fruit are top grade.

Suggested bee hive colony stocking rates for pome fruits.

Apples and Pears 2-3 per ha,  Nashi Fruit and Quince 2 per ha. Higher stocking rates may be required for high density plantings, i.e. Trellis and Hedgerows.

Honey bees have a tendency to forage along rows rather than cross to adjacent ones. This happens when the distance between rows is greater than the distance between trees within rows, this would be expecially true if there were a low number of bees in the orchard, planting polliniser cultivars within rows would produce better results and the choice of these is important.  Suitable pollinisers must produce fertile pollen which is compatible with the main crop cultivar and have a flowering period which coincides with that of the main crop cultivar, and be attractive to honey bees.

Bees are more attracted to apples because of sugar content in flower i.e apples 25% compared to pears 7%.

Agricultural Chemicals

Consult the agricultural chemical product label or manufacturer’s details on bee hazard ratings.  Observe the residual hazard that may apply to bees for a period of time after the application of the chemical.

Over the past 10years we have seen more and more orchards netted.  This can cause pollination problems.

  • Less wind movement thus less pollen transfer.
  • Less insect activity and entry especially with side nets.
  • Bees caught in hail netting and dying due to overnight cold temperatures.

Benefits of the Rentabee Pollination Service

  • Industry leaders with multiple transport and equipment, a network of reliable operators and a large number of hives in all areas.
  • Bees guaranteed to be delivered on time.
  • Young Queenbees bred to produce populous, vigorous hives craving for pollen.
  • In winter we house our hives in warm northern climates so they are stronger and more advanced. This allows for pollination of almond orchards in early August.
  • Once you work with us we will help you maximise your crop.

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