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How to tell if you have enough bees:
Ultimately modeling may lead to a program that growers can use to predict how
many bees they will need to pollinate their particular field. But our field
monitoring efforts suggest a simple test that a grower can use to assess
whether the bees that he has introduced are providing rapid pollination. This
test can be done without any specific knowledge or predictions of how much
bloom he will have in the field, and how many bees are required to pollinate
this bloom. The test takes advantage of a phenomenon associated with seasonal
changes in flower standing crop: a change in the distribution of number of
open flowers per raceme. Read more:Counting