from the President of the IHPA
Dear Iowa Honey Producers,
The snow is pretty much gone, for now. I do remember
several times in April that we have received either measurable
snow or an ice storm. I sure hope that doesn't happen, but we
need to be ready if it does. Have you checked your hives? Mike
did ours while I was gone one day. The winter survival rate was
ok, not exceptional, but ok. Of course, we wanted all of the hives
to survive but no such luck. You may need to add syrup or sugar
water to get them through the rest of the cold season and you
might want to consider feeding a pollen substitute also.
I received word today, March 9th, from Steve Pedersen, that the
section 18 approval from the EPA for coumaphos (Checkmite+) and
thymol (ApiLife Var) has been completed. Our thanks to Steve and
Chuck Eckermann, Pesticide Bureau Chief, for the work in completing
the paperwork necessary to get the section 18 exemption for the
Iowa beekeepers to use these mite applications. Steve is going
to contact the suppliers to make sure that they know that Iowa
has been approved for shipment of the products. Make sure that
when you use these chemicals that you read and follow the directions.
Remember to remove the strips before the honey flow in your area.
The Central Iowa Beekeepers Association is again
hosting an equipment auction. It will be held April 17, 2004 in
Des Moines at Ellsworth Gustafson's place at 5917 S. E. 6th Ave.
This is a new location. Take a look at your equipment to see if
you have anything that you would like to sell or that you need
for this year. Contact Margaret Hala or Phil Meyer for more information.
Please consider registering your hives with the
Iowa Department of Agriculture. Margaret Hala and Steve Pedersen
have been busy updating the records and changing the format of
the Web-site. If your hives are registered with the State, you
have a recourse if you are not contacted and your hives get sprayed.
Mike and I know from experience that the system works. Don't take
the chance with your hives. Do the easy thing and register.
By the time this arrives, we hope that our oldest
son, Shawn, who has been in Iraq for a year will be back at Fort
Sill, Oklahoma. Our youngest son, Mitchell, who went through the
war supplying the 3rd Infantry going back and forth from Kuwait
to Iraq is now stationed at Fort Irwin, California. He moved from
one desert to another, but thinks that this one will probably
be safer. What a difference a year makes. Thanks to all of you
for your prayers and support. Our middle son, Steve, is around
the home area and helps when he can with the honeybees, but most
importantly is bringing baby JoAnn to see her Grandparents quite
Hope this finds everyone enjoying a Blessed Easter
with your families. Watch those hives closely this time of year
so that we will have a great beekeeping spring and summer.
Donna Brahms, IHPA President
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