Placing the inserts on the Beehive
Placing Pollen in the Beehive Inserts
Firman Pollen application rate is 60 grams of pollen per acre. All the pollen must be applied over the "Receptive Bloom Period" of the targeted field.
First application should occur when your first variety is at 15 to 20% bloom. At this time the trees of the first variety will be quite white, 2 out of 10 flowers will be OPEN. Do NOT judge bloom stage by the outside rows. Walk the orchard and check for consistency.
Additional applications are determined by how quickly or slowly your bloom progresses and must be spread out over the entire Receptive Bloom Period. The weather will play the largest role in determining the speed at which the bloom moves.
Receptive Bloom Period
Fields can be receptive to pollen from the time the first flower opens on the earliest variety to 2 days after the last flower opens on the latest variety. During normal pollination weather this will be the case.
During warm, dry weather, flowers lose their receptivity within one day of opening; because of this the pollination window is very short. During cool wet weather flowers stay receptive for up to three days: this lengthens the pollination window.
The "Art" of Application
Firman Pollen is packaged in six equal applications. However, rarely are there six equal application days during springtime pollination. In general, on good days put on more pollen, on poor days less pollen, and on bad days pray for bee flight the next day! Results depend on getting all the applications on your field!
Weather conditions control application strategies, plan accordingly.
Hot Weather - 65˚F or higher
In hot weather the Receptive Bloom Period will be short, from three to six days. These conditions will likely require more than one application per day to be applied. Watch the bloom closely; don't let it get away from you.
Cool Weather - 50˚F to 60˚F
In cool weather conditions the Receptive Bloom Period will be longer. Bee flight will be poor; each window of bee flight must be taken advantage of. In general, if the bees are flying, put on pollen. If the bees begin flying but are not flying very strong use a 1/2 tablespoon and try to get half of an application applied. If they start flying stronger put on the second half. If the weather breaks for a day and you have strong bee flight pun on as many applications as the bees will take out. Work with every available opportunity to get pollen on the bees to set your crop. Take advantage of each opportunity until all the applications have been applied.
Pollen can't be applied in the rain or fog. Applications must be made during the dry periods. In order to apply pollen, 2 to 3 hours of dry weather are needed and bee flight must be occurring. It may be necessary to apply multiple applications each day during the dry periods.
The varieties you are targeting also play an important role in your application.
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