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Two Americas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-24-08 03:50 PM
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307. I talk to the same people
There is no argument here.

Clue - there has never been a time in history when farmers did NOT say they have "never seen anything like it." And they are right, too, often. I hear it every time I talk to farmers. Stopping at the local general store in the morning I am as likely to overhear it every morning, as not. We are learning all of the time. Farmers see things.

right now it is fuel prices that we have "never seen anything like" and the flood of phony "organic" produce form Mexico that we have "never seen anything like" and other things - more and more contrails causing so much loss in light reaching the fields that it is becoming significant, and warmer temperatures in January and February that cause the fruit trees to come out of dormancy. every year, maybe every week, you see something in farming that is like "nothing you have ever seen before" and all of it is a concern on some level, all the time.

There have been no massive crop failures in the fruit industry because of a lack of pollination. I understand that bee losses are a worry, and that keepers are struggling.

I haven't looked into this in a few months - it doesn't come up in the conversations I have every day with hundreds and hundreds of fruit growers, researchers, field managers, horticulture experts - but since the confusion continues about this I will dig in and get the latest updates and post them here.

By the way, I have hesitated saying this, but beekeepers are something of an odd bunch and beekeeping is more of an art still than a science. I talked to a keeper last week who is convinced that aliens are causing the die offs. Eccentric people are attracted to farming, loners and dreamers and mystics of one kind or another, and nowhere is this more true than with beekeepers in my observations over the decades.
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