Many crops require honeybees to transfer pollen in order to have a good seed set and ensure that a good fruit develops around these seeds. Recommended density of beehives per acre for Fruit and Vegetable crops:

Hive Stocking Rates:

  • Apples Standard 1 hive per acre
  • Semi-Dwarf 2 hives per acre
  • Dwarf 3 hives per acre
  • Pears Plums 1 hive per acre
  • Peaches Nectarines 1 hive per acre
  • Cherries Apricots 1 hive per acre

Small Fruit Crops

  • Cranberries 3 hives per acre
  • Blueberries 3 hives per acre
  • Raspberries 1 hive per acre
  • Strawberries 1 hive per acre

Other Field Crops require 1 Hive per acre

  • Cucumbers
  • Melons
  • Pumpkins
  • Squash