Monson's Honey & Pollination, Mildura, Victoria
Trevor Monson comes from Mildura, Victoria, and has over fifty years of experience as a beekeeper, grower and pollination specialist. Although he pollinates nuts, avocados, seeds, fruit and vegetables, his major responsibility is contracting and managing 110,000 hives (2017) from QLD, NSW, VIC and SA for the pollination of almonds grown in NW Victoria and NSW. Trevor works in partnership with growers to accomplish optimal flight coverage and pollination outcomes, while addressing special needs associated with crops grown in glasshouses, under nets and in tunnels. The number of hives, their positioning, farm access, safety needs, chemical use, staff readiness workshops, farm inductions, the preparation of strong healthy hives, their delivery, placement, assessment, removal and detailed auditing results are crucial to his success. His son, Jonathan, and his nephew, Reece, have now brought auditing to a new level with their development of a unique app that is providing growers with instant, transparent, map integrated reports that are proving invaluable to farm management. Trevor’s wide and constant advisory role includes not only growers, but government and industry bodies, the media, fellow beekeepers and not least, his large team of almond pollinating beekeepers.