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Almond farm manager Nick Gatzman of Travaille & Phippen in Ripon checks for even distribution of almond blossoms in a nonpareil orchard during bloom. He said growers need at least an eight-frame-per-colony average of strong honeybees for pollination to set the almond crop.
Photo/Christine Souza
Almond growers monitor beehive strength
Most California almond orchards are now covered in snowy, white blossoms as honeybee colonies work to pollinate the state's 1.26 million bearing acres. Read more...

Commentary: Farmers remain ready to aid in vaccine distribution
The distribution of COVID-19 vaccines in California has created anxiety about when and whether essential workers, including farm employees, will be able to receive the vaccine. Read more...

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