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Offline TAH

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killing workers?
« on: September 08, 2005, 12:55:45 AM »
I have about 11 acres of alfalfa at the site I have my bees at and have been letting it blossom more than I used to to let the bees use it. Now it needs to be mowed and I am wondering if I am going to wipe out a lot of my workers by running them through the haybine. I like to cut at about 13 MPH so they don't have a lot of time to get out of the way.

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« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2005, 01:28:05 AM »
Perhaps you could screen them in the night before you cut and release them after you are finished cutting.

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« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2005, 09:41:53 AM »
We have a couple hundred acres of alfalfa, and it didn't affect the bees when it was cut.  I'm sure some got sliced and diced, but I think when they hear the rumble of machinery coming through, they bug out in time.
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« Reply #3 on: September 08, 2005, 10:13:26 PM »
Is the field blossomed out when you cut? Normally people around here cut before it even starts blooming. The fields are full of bees now.

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« Reply #4 on: September 09, 2005, 12:04:41 AM »
Wouldn't there be a certain time of day the bees wouldn't be on it?
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« Reply #5 on: September 09, 2005, 12:27:36 AM »
Today they were working it all day. I'm sure they leave by the time it is dark but I don't want to cut in the dark. I am going to watch and see if they leave it. When I used to use a haybine I could only cut about 4 MPH so it there was a lot more chance for bugs to get out of the way. Now the dear and rabbits just barely make it.