Pollination Survey

Pollination Survey - 2008

Lucerne Australia first completed a pollination survey with members in 2008. There were 30 respondents and the questions were as follows:

  1. Do you have an apiarist stocking bees on your farm?
  2. Do you run bees on dryland lucerne? What is the stocking rate of hives per HECTARE?
  3. Do you run bees on irrigated lucerne? What is the stocking rate of hives per HECTARE?
  4. Would your apiarist be open to higher stocking rates?
  5. What are your approximate hectares of lucerne seed production?
  6. What is the current price you are paying per hive (Dryland)?
  7. What is the current price you are paying per hive (Irrigation)?
  8. Do you consider your apiarist to have good hive strength?


Pollination Survey - 2014

Following feedback from grower members, Lucerne Australia completed a second survey in February and March 2014. The questions included:

  1. Which region do you live?
  2. Do you have an apiarist stocking bees on your farm?
  3. Do you run bees on dryland lucerne? What is the stocking rate of hives per HECTARE?
  4. Do you run bees on irrigated lucerne? What is the stocking rate of hives per HECTARE?
  5. What are your approximate hectares of lucerne seed production?
  6. What is the current price you are paying per hive (Dryland)?
  7. What is the current price you are paying per hive (Irrigation)?
  8. Has your bee keeper raised their price per hive within the last 12 months?
  9. Do you consider your apiarist to have good hive strength?
  10. Do you ask (or recieve) an AFB test for your bees?
  11. Would your apiarist be open to higher stocking rates?
  12. Finally, how do you describe working with your bee keeper?

 

The 2014 survey was completed by telephone interview, whereas in 2008 responses were received by fax or email by a dedicated form which grower members completed.

A full report (click here) outlines the results of the latest (2014) pollination survey, which includes 34 grower member respondents. It also compares these results with the data analysed in 2008. A summary of the results are shown below. 

Results from the 2014 Survey

-          88% of those surveyed use an apiarist on their property for pollination services.

-          The average stocking rate for bees on dryland lucerne is 1.23 hives per hectare.

-          The average stocking rate for bees on irrigated lucerne is 2.44 hives per hectare.

-          65% of those surveyed manage more than 100 hectares of lucerne seed production.

-          55% of those surveyed with dryland, pay no fee for pollination.

-          47% of those surveyed with irrigated lucerne pay no hive fee for pollination.

-          Those surveyed in Naracoorte and Bordertown pay the highest rates for pollination.

-          71% of respondents believe that their apiarist has “strong” hive strength. 

80% of respondents describe working with their beekeeper as either ‘excellent’ or ‘good’.