"Providing one honey bee for each 10 hermaphrodite flowers is the safest way to insure an adequate pollinator population at all times" (1). We recommend having 1 colony per acre to achieve this. It has been shown that with no bees yields were 161 crates and with just half colony per acre was 242 crates for Musk. So you can see that pollination is a requirement for maximum yields. We usually like to place the bees on two sides of the field and centered if possible, but it seems to work fine if the bees are at least just near the field. Of course limiting other competition is always a good idea to encourage the honeybees to go to your crop. Place bees when crop starts to bloom and leave the bees until the season is to late to have mature melons before frost. Use the same practices for water melons and other melons.