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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 flowers

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