Joe Traynor was born to Roger and Madeline Traynor in Oakland, CA. He moved to Berkeley, where he graduated from high school. He served two years in the Army. He went to University of California at Davis, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Pomology, and received his Master’s Degree in Soil Science.
Joe went to work for Valley Pollination Service, Bakersfield, CA, under Charles Reed, where he was introduced to the world of beekeeping. At one time, Joe had purchased and run 600 colonies of bees. Joe had also worked for a fertilizer company, an Ag consulting company, and Superior Farms (Now Paramount Farms). Since 1973, Joe has owned and operated Scientific Ag. Co., which is both a pollination service modeled after Valley Pollination Service and a consultation service in soil fertility and plant nutrition.
Joe has authored 2 books, “Ideas in Soil and Plant Nutrition” and “Almond Pollination Handbook for Almond Growers and Beekeepers”. He has donated the profits for bee research, primarily for parasitic mite control.
Joe Traynor is the father of 3 children, Pen, Patrick, and Pamela, and has 3 grandchildren, Patrick, Christopher, and Cosette. He has been married to his wife Nema for 39 Years.
His hobbies include reading, writing, hiking, swimming, and bicycling. He road his bike through France with a group of cyclists, and bicycled through Czechoslovakia with his daughter.
Joe’s book, Honey – The Gourmet Medicine, was published in 2002. The book summarizes recent scientific studies on the health benefits of honey and is available from BookMasters (800)247-6553 or www.bookmasters.com.
- The Insecticide Problem
- Living with Insecticides in California
- Pesticides and the Beekeeper
- Don’t Over-Pollinate Your Almonds
- Increasing Almond Set: Several Factors Up the Odds
- Pollenation Guidelines [for Commercial Beekeepers]
- Evaluating Orchard Pollination – The Zen Method
- The Benefits of Research Funding – A California Perspective
- How Honey Fits In: The Health and Nutrition Decade
- U.S. Honey
- The French Mystique: Comparing French and California Growing Conditions
- Island Odyssey
- Charge More for Pollination
- Providing Subsidies for Beekeepers
- March Blooming Almonds: An Answer to Bee Problems?
- Kern County – Bee Protection Policy
- California Almonds Keep Down Pollination Fees
- Evaluating Pollen Production of Plants (with Sample Calculations for Almonds)
- Organic Nuts … Organic NUTS?
- Making “K” Pay in Your Vineyard: Dripping Potassium Carbonate into the System
- How Far Do Bees Fly? One Mile, Two, Seven? And Why?
- Different Valleys, Different Worlds: Some Thoughts on Napa Valley and San Joaquin Valley Growers
- Top 10 Signs to Retire from Beekeeping (a la Dave Letterman)
- Bank on It
- Leaf vs. Petiole Analysis to Find “N” in Grapes
- A Record Almond Crop – But Why?
- California Mandarins – A Seedy Tale
- Mandarin Dilemma
- Do You Own a Gypsum Mine?
- The Terroirists Among Us
- Improved Pollination Will Improve Yields: Some History to Back This Up
- Almond Pollination – 2006 and Beyond
- How The South African Guidelines Put a Knife in the Bee Industry
- Taking On the Resnicks
- “The Letter” from Paramount Citrus
- The Almond and the Bee
- PNW APPLE POLLINATION – Linked to CA Almond Pollination
- Thoughts on CCD
- California Honey Bees – A History of Malnutrition
- PROTEIN POWER…….
- October is the Cruelest Month
- 2010 Almond Pollination – Water, Honey & Nuts
- Immunity and Resistance in the Bee World
- Notes From The Almond Conference
- Let’s Vent!
- The Game of Almond Pollination
- ALMOND POLLINATION 2011 – Let The Games Begin
- How to Reduce Bee Poisoning from Pesticides
- Putrescine Toxicity in Almonds
- Coping With Chloride
- Winter Weather Affects Almond Yields
- Pecans in California
- Almond Pollination Math
- Gene Therapy For Republicans
- ALMOND POLLINATION – Dueling Scenarios
- Stretching Out Almond Bloom
- ALMOND_CONVENTIONAL WISDOM – Past and Current
- 2015 Almond Pollination
- Why We Keep Bees
- Expanding U.S. Canola Acreage Will Help Honey Bees
- Nitrogen For Non-Bearing Trees
- Climate Change and California Agriculture