Evaluating honey bee colonies for pollination (Oregon State University, University of Idaho, Washington State University) - In this publication, commercial growers who rent honey bees for pollination and beekeepers who provide pollination services will find information on honey bee colony strength evaluation, average number of colonies needed for pollination, basic honey bee biology in context of pollination, and pollination contracts.
Current honey bee stocking information and an introduction to commercial bumble bees- A guide to finding the correct number of honey bee colonies needed per acre to pollinate specific crops, and an introduction to alternative native pollinators.
Stocking rates and colony strength- Recommended stocking rates for crop pollination and how to consider colony strength when making pollination decisions.
Example of pollination contracts and guidelines. Use these examples to draw up a contract with your beekeeper.