Please Help Us Celebrate the Iowa Honey Producers Association 100th Anniversary !!! (1912-2012)
Yes it has been 100 Years tht we have all tried to keep the Honeybee safe, healthy, alive and profitalble. 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, ande recipies 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)
BEGINNER BEEKEEPING COURSES SCHEDULED FOR 2011
The Iowa Honey Producers Association (IHPA) will conduct beekeeping courses in several locations across the state to help those interested in be keeping get started.
For 2011, course locations and details are listed as follows:
Washington, Kirkwood Center -- Classes to begin March 28th and will meet for four consecutive Mondays, 6:00 – 8:00.
Instructor: Ron Wehr. Contact Ron at 319-698-7542.
Spencer – Classes to begin in March.
Contact Larry or Marlene Boernsen at 712-735-4205 for details.
To enroll, interested individuals are asked to call the contact for the course in their area.
Early enrollment is important so courses can meet minimum enrollment numbers. Fees will vary by location and are expected to range from $30 to $60.
For more information, please refer to the IHPA website and online monthly newsletter at
www.abuzzaboutbees.com or contact
Andrew Joseph, State Apiarist, Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship at (515) 725-1481or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
THE BEEYARD REPORT
This is the second time I have started this article. My original opening lead was "Winter losses continue to mount." Things have improved since then. Our yards in Lucas County, the last ones we looked at, have almost no loss. One yard had 20 colonies--all alive and with bees in both boxes. There were drone pupae almost ready to emerge. That meant the eggs were laid during the 40 degree days at the end of January. The other Lucas County yards weren't quite that good but they are going to be all right.
Our yards to the north of Lynnville and to the west of Grinnell are pretty well wiped out. There was heavy nosema. The frames were covered with feces. My rule of thumb has always been that February losses will be doubled by the end of March. However, I think the warm spell we have had will help mitigate this. The bees have had a chance to move to food. We have seen this in some of our colonies. There would be a patch of dead bees at one end of the box and the live ones were at the other end where the food was.
We always have small clusters that die late in the spring. Something happens to them early in the winter where they lose the bulk of the cluster. The remaining bees cluster in the top of the box. Quite often they do this at the top of frames filled with food. They eat up everything around the cluster and die. The last group of bees starves but that wasn't the original problem.
Most of the colonies we made up from the queen yard are still alive at his point. The clusters are small but they are holding on.
In my mind the severity of the stress factors are related to the size of the Varroa mite load. While nosema was a problem in some of our yards, was it the cause of the problem or the result. We have two yards near Montezuma that the boys gave two Apigard treatments six days apart. I went in there 10 days after the second treatment and found there was no brood left whatsoever. I was worried at the time but it turned out to not be a problem. It was still August. That gave the bees time to recover. Because there was no brood, all the mites were exposed. That gave us a good kill. We have almost no loss in those yards. Logic does not prevail when it comes to winter survival. Sometimes the big good looking colonies that appear to have no problems are the first ones to die.
Alex has put together 100 nuc boxes for Adam to mate queens in and an additional 300 cut comb frames. We still have some hive bodies to put together. There are lots of old boxes that need repair.
My old horse has been lame for the last couple of weeks. She's 25 but still looks pretty good. She had an abscess in her foot last summer. Now she has had a second one. At least, that is what I think it was. The first one broke and came out over the crown on the front of the hoof. This one came out the back. There is a soft area right above the heel of the hoof and to the side of the frog. I can put my finger into the hole. She has been getting better since it opened. I am still soaking her foot in Epsom salts to draw out anything that is left. The pen is a sea of mud so I put a boot on her foot to keep the wound clean. I am no horseman. It has taken a lot of phone calls before I started to make progress. One of the places where we have bees is owned by a vet.
I am fairly confident are total winter losses aren't going to be too bad. March will tell the tale. I have been wrong many times. Think spring!!
Submitted by Phil Ebert