Greetings from the President
I am writing this on March 14th , the weather has been good, 50’s to mid 60’swith a slight chance for spotty showers. We set the clocks ahead last weekend so the sun doesn’t set till near 7:30 pm. No excuses for bees to die from late winter starvation. Hopefully if you suffered some winter losses you have taken the time to analyze the reasons for the losses. I’d like to concentrate on the live ones. “Nutrition”, that’s the Buzz word in the Beekeeping community lately. With a good warm normal spring the bees can usually hold their own, I believe sugar syrup and a protein supplement will still benefit and give you a better chance for success. If we have a normal or hopefully warm and dry spring many will have the challenge of trying to keep their hives from swarming. I have heard from some beekeepers that their hives came through the winter well and look strong and healthy, others that say many hives survived but are fairly weak and they won’t be able to split many of them and still others that lost most or all of their hives. I guess that is pretty much normal in beekeeping these days. I have heard from some experienced beekeepers that have weaker hives and many dead outs, so it is not only the beginners having problems. On the flip side I have talked to some beginners and also long time beekeepers who have come through the winter very well with the hives loaded with bees. Obviously, it’s much more enjoyable to have and hear about the strong live colonies.
For those of you that are just starting out in beekeeping and also the more experienced beekeepers, don’t get too discouraged if you have lost hives because beekeeping is a very hard profession or hobby to be successful at.
So many variables, moisture, wind, predators, mites, viruses, brood diseases, pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, and beekeeper manipulation all being factors that can be different from one area to the next.
Beekeeping can still be a very enjoyable and rewarding experience with a little luck and beekeepers due diligence.
Good Luck & Work Hard,
2011 Membership Renewal
May 2011 will be the last issue of the Buzz that will be mailed to members who have not paid their 2011 dues. The expiration date is located above your name on the Buzz. The first membership is still $10.00 and $5.00 for each additional family member that would like a membership and is living at the same address.
Melanie Bower, Treasurer
Please Help Us Celebrate the Iowa Honey Producers Association 100th Anniversary !!! (1912-2012)
Yes it has been 100 Years that we have all tried to keep the Honeybee safe, healthy, alive and profitable. IHPA and their members have held meetings, classes, workshops and had speakers come to help us through the learning process of keeping Honeybees.
We have a request of all beekeepers. We are looking for copies of photos, stories, and recipes you would be willing to share with us. We would like to use them at the state fair, in the cookbook, and in advertisement to promote Honey and the honey booth at the Sate Fair, and field days. We would like to show the public what we do. (Then and now.) How about a farmers market photo or your local fair photo?
We Thank You in advance for your help with the chance to celebrate our 100 years organization with the public. We would like your information by August 2011 so we can pull it all together to start celebrating as soon as possible. A form will be printed in the Buzz and online for recipes. So please get looking through your papers and photos.
Please send your information to:
1040 Union Ave.
Goodell, IA 50439
(641) 444-4767 or Flat_Lander@Lycos.com
Committee members are Donna Brahms, Pat and Peggy Ennis, Deb Nielson, Curt Bronnenberg, Louise Johnson, Julie Sweet, Larry Boernsen. (8/11)
Advanced Beekeeping Class
Through many suggestions, I am offering an Advanced Beekeeping Class. Requirements are at least one years’ beekeeping experience. These classes will be ‘hands on’.
There will be 2 classes. The first class will be April 23, at Spring Valley Honey Farms in Perry on 'Splitting Hives and Diseases'. The second class will be June 18th, at the Pat Ennis home in Goodell, on ’Queen Production'. The time is 9:30 - 4:30 for each class. For noon break, we will have a pot-luck. Registration will be limited to 20 people. Pre-registration is required. The cost is $25 per class.
Please call 515-293-2601 to register or with question.
We have been asked to have such a class and this is a testing of the waters to see if there is a need or demand for such a program.
Pat Ennis 6/11