IHPA Award Nominations
It is time to think of who should receive one
of the Awards that the IHPA presents at the Annual Meeting banquet.
Please review the categories and submit your suggestions along
with a short letter explaining why you feel that this candidate
should receive an award. The categories that we present are as
1. Pioneer Award- for having been
involved for 50 years or more and still active in beekeeping.
2. Distinguished Service Award- for assisting
other beekeepers, willing to share information, and /or serving
3. Education Award- teaching beekeeping classes,
speaking at service clubs, giving presentations to school children
or speaking about beekeeping on radio or T.V.
4. Promotions Award- for promoting honey and
beekeeping, promotions for the state association or promoting
their own product.
5. Friendship Award- for being a friend of the
association. This could be someone who has displayed at the annual
IHPA trade show, a state official who has assisted or encouraged
beekeeping, someone outside our industry producing honey.
6. Youth Award- for a young person who has shown
commendable involvement in such things as helping the state fair,
successfully keeping bees for at least one season including wintering,
writing, making a float for a parade, speaking, etc.
If you would like to nominate someone, please send
the information to me by the deadline of September 1st. :
65071 720th Street
Cumberland, IA 50843
THE BEEYARD REPORT
Shortly after I sent off the write up for the
June Buzz saying there was no honey coming, I found we had a few
yards that were bringing it home. At that time, it was limited
to the overwintered doubles and the very early splits. It was
in areas where the alfalfa had frozen off and they were letting
it regenerate. Some of those fields bloomed for over two weeks.
The other yards weren't quite there yet. By July 15th, we were
seeing a nice flow that had been going on for a couple of weeks.
I don't know if I should wish for rain. Hot dry weather is great
for bees but we are moving into the soybean phase in our area.
Soybean flowers will dry up quickly if there is no rain. Maybe
the best scenario would be to get a ½" around midnight.
That way, the bees wouldn't lose any flying time.
We went almost three weeks without our flatbed.
There is a long story that goes with this but I will spare you.
In the end, it turned out the turbo housing was cracked into the
drilling that carries the oil to lubricate the turbo. This led
to a rather stiff repair bill. Still, I was glad I didn't try
to work on it myself. I don't have a torch and exhaust stuff just
doesn't come apart without heat, especially on older vehicles.
We didn't go back to Schuyler, Ne, for the rest
of the honey we bought from Suchan's until July 18th. We started
home after loading and hadn't gone 25 miles when we blew out a
front tire. We don't carry a spare so this was a bit of a problem.
We managed to get the truck off the road and into a farm yard.
With the tire flat, the front axle was really close to the ground.
Fortunately, I had a stubby jack that just barely got under the
suspension. The jack wouldn't go high enough so we had to block
the suspension and then block up the jack so we could go up in
stages. We had an assortment of bricks and pieces of 2x4's that
we were using for blocks. We had to take up the cleats that were
holding the barrels in place on the trailer to get enough blocking.
We had called Brian earlier. He arrived about the time we finally
got the front wheel in the air. He had an assortment of tires
and blocks. None of the tires he brought would fit our truck.
We had foreseen this possibility and had driven the inside dual
up on a block before we started jacking the front end. This made
it possible to get the outside dual off without having to do any
jacking. We took the outside dual and put it on the steer position
and singled out the dual. This whole ordeal consumed about four
hours before we finally limped into Fremont where we had an unscheduled
overnight stop. The following morning, Brian's dad lined us up
with the Bauer Built Tire dealer in Fremont. They took care of
our tire problem in about 30 minutes. Brian had taken our trailer
back to his place so we had to backtrack 45 miles to get it before
we were homeward bound. We finished lunch in Blair about 1:00
PM and decided to stop at DeSoto bend and look at the steamship
museum. The museum is pretty interesting but there aren't any
waterfowl on the reserve this time of year. The tourist type stop
helped to put me in a more positive mood.
We sold all of our queens the first three weeks
that we had them. Then we hit a cycle that mated poorly. We are
just now coming out of that. We had to turn down some orders.
Adam went to the queen rearing class that Marla Spivak runs at
the University of Minnesota. He had the basics down pretty well
already, but he wanted to see how she was set up. He thought the
class was well worth the time and expense. He took in a Saint
Paul Saints game with some of the university people while he was
up there. The Saints are an independent baseball team. They scrounge
up players wherever they can. Sometimes they get ex major leaguers
who still want to play. I thought about when I was a kid. The
Giants had a team in Minneapolis and the Dodgers had one in Saint
Paul. That was in the old American Association. Willie Mays spent
time in Minneapolis around 1950.
Our comb honey system is constantly evolving.
It has evolved so much, I'm not sure we have a system left. Adam
announced he was doing it this year without queen excluders. My
thought was, "That will never work." I have since found
that it does. I have also found other people that do it that way.
We aren't using it, but Kelley actually makes what they call 7-11
foundation for this purpose. I've looked at their catalog for
years and never noticed it. It has an "in between" cell
size that the queen doesn't like to lay in. We've pulled about
12 boxes of cut comb so far. We have another 60 out in the yards.
I don't know how many will get filled up.
The state fair is only three weeks away. I hope
to see a lot of you there.
Submitted by Phil Ebert