2008 Iowa Honey Queen News
Hello everyone. I am Diane Jurchen. I was crowned the 2008 Iowa Honey queen this past November at the IHPA annual meeting. I am going to take this time to introduce myself.
My parents are Jeff and Linda Jurchen of Cumberland. I have 2 sisters and was very involved in high school.
I am currently a freshman at Northwest Missouri State University majoring in elementary education. I really love working with children.
I am excited to be representing Iowa this year. I served 2 years as the Southwest Iowa Honey Queen. I learned a lot during that time, and am excited to keep learning. I hope that I get the chance to meet and learn from everyone this year!
If you would like me to come to an event and help, feel free to contact me. My phone number is (712) 779-0540. My email is:
These are the best ways to get a hold of me.
Keep in touch,
2008 Iowa Honey Queen
Apiary Registration Update
The apiary registration will be a bit late this year. The Apiary Bureau is moving to the Entomology Bureau in Ankeny at the DMACC campus. With this move, the new State Apiarist will begin his duties. We are not clear at this time what the process is going to be for the apiary registration. We will keep you updated as we find out the information. We might even do a mailing to let you know the procedure for this year. It is still very important that you do register your hives with the Apiary Bureau. It needs to be done each year and if your hives and their locations are not listed, you do not have any protection from pesticide spraying. I am attending another meeting with the aerial applicators in the early part of February. We are working on the problems of aerial application of chemicals and how we can best serve the beekeepers and applicators.
Submitted by Donna Brahms
THE BEEYARD REPORT
I was coming down the road toward home as I returned from Sacramento. It was about 10:00 PM on Sunday night. The lights were on in the house and the honey house. There wasn’t supposed to be anybody there. I thought to myself, “This can’t be good.” Monday is route day. I needed to load the truck. It turned out not to be too bad. Andrew Scholten, who does most of our bottling, had gotten sick and missed a couple of days. Alex was out in the honey house filling jars. Unfortunately, he didn’t know how to interpret the multiple lists I had hanging on the tank. We wound up a little short on product but it wasn’t a catastrophe. We were loaded by midnight so I got to take a nap prior to my 5:00 AM departure.
The snow and cold weather has put a crimp in some of my projects. We do most of the repair work in the garage. All I have for heat is a torpedo heater. The temp has to get up in the 20’s or 30’s before it has much effect. Maybe I’ll get the inside of the house cleaned up.
After living in Jasper County for 20 years, I got called for jury duty. That’s all the news I have for this month.
Submitted by Phil Ebert