|Bee boxes placed around orchards last year.|
Another worry is beehive theft. A couple of north Sacramento Valley growers reported more than 700 hives being stolen. One grower put the loss of bees at more than $250,000.
To prevent these thefts, beekeepers are urged to locate bees out of sight and off the road. The hives, lids and frames should be marked with identification. At the same time, growers can protect themselves by verifying the colonies in the orchard match the contract they have with the beekeeper.
|Growers need to ensure bee health|
|Some 1.8 million bees needed to pollinate almonds.|