Recent rains flooded an orchard at Bullseye Farms in Woodland, above, threatening bees brought in for pollinating the farm’s almond crop. Bullseye’s beekeeper later remedied the situation by adding more pallets to raise bees out of standing water. Wet, muddy conditions were a challenge as beekeepers tried to move bees into almond orchards, resulting in many stuck forklifts.
Photo/Nick Edsall, Bullseye Farms
Awaiting a downpour in an almond orchard near LaGrange, above, beekeeper Ryan Cosyns of Madera-based Cosyns Bee Co. added more pallets to raise beehives above any water that might collect in the orchard during storms.
Photo/Ryan Cosyns, Cosyns Bee Co.
Storms threaten to disrupt pollination
It wasn't long ago that commercial beekeepers had to purchase totes of water so honeybees had enough water to survive the California drought. Now, beekeepers are placing colonies on stacked pallets so hives sit above water in flooded almond orchards. Read more...

Dairy farmers prepare to shield cows from floods
The best tool for moving livestock away from a flood may be a smartphone. Read more...

Farmers base ’17 planting plans on water, prices
Heavy rains this winter may have improved the water outlook for California farmers as they consider what to plant this spring, but weak commodity prices also dampen many of their crop prospects. Read more...

Commentary: Oroville shows importance of flood-control projects
Along with the torrents of water released from Oroville Dam this month has come a torrent of ink and words, as writers from every perspective have opined about the dam, the safety of its emergency spillway and what it means for California's water system in general. Read more...

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