ANNUAL MEETING OF THE IOWA HONEY
It's meeting time again! The annual meeting
of the Iowa Honey Producer's Association will be held Friday,
November 16th and Saturday, November 17th, 2007 in Marshalltown,
Iowa at the Best Western Regency Inn located at 3303 South Center
Rooms for the event are available at the Best
Western Regency Inn at the rate of 1 adult for $67.50 or 2 adults
for $72.00. The rooms need to be reserved by October 25th to get
the convention special rate and please mention the Iowa Honey
Producers when reserving the rooms. The telephone number to call
is: Best Western (641)752-6321 . The Super 8 Motel's number is
We have a full schedule planned as usual. Make
plans to enter the photo contest or the foods made with honey
contest to show off your skills. There will also be a home mead
contest for all of you mead makers.
Some of the speakers for this year include T'Lee
Sollenberger , Chuck Norton and Rick Hellmich from ISU to speak
on the CCD session held during the Pollination Symposium.
Make your plans now to attend the annual meeting
of the Iowa Honey Producer's Association on November 16th and
SEE YOU IN MARSHALLTOWN NOVEMBER 16TH AND 17TH FOR FUN, FELLOWSHIP
September is National Honey Month!
Don’t forget September is National Honey
Month. Not that anyone needs an excuse to sample the sweet taste
of honey, but why not try out a new honey recipe and share with
family, friends, and neighbors!
Need a new recipe? Take a look at what the National Honey Board
has to offer. Online recipes can be found at: http://www.honey.com/consumers/recipes/recipes.asp
TM Resistant Foulbrood
TM resistant foulbrood is in Iowa. We have seen
it in our operation and I know others who have it. Sometime in
July, I was checking a couple of colonies that were lagging behind.
They just had a few spots of foulbrood. I thought I could clean
them up. Two weeks later, after a couple of TM treatments, they
were a lot worse. I gave Del Nelson a call. He came over and took
a comb sample and sent it to Beltsville. Their test confirmed
that it was TM resistant.
I have reservations about using Tylan. It leaves
a residue in honey. There is an acceptable level that has been
established for honey. Nonetheless, I don't want to use it. I
think we are on the edge of some real food purity issues. There
is already plenty of junk in our food. We don't need any more.
If you do decide to use Tylan, the instructions
on how to mix it are pretty vague. Some of the instructions I
have seen say to use 100 milligrams of Tylan (the contents of
one container) to 200# of sugar. This is grossly incorrect. They
got an extra zero in there. It should be 20# of sugar. This is
described as 500 hundred treatments. What they don't tell you
is that this is supposed to be administered in three applications
one week apart. The total dosage for all three treatment should
be between 6oz and 7oz depending on whose data you are using.
For smaller doses, mix 2 1/2 teaspoons with 2#
of sugar. This is a tiny amount of Tylan compared to the amount
of sugar. I have some concerns about getting it evenly distributed.
The people at Mann Lake say not to use powdered sugar from the
store because it has starch in it. Starch can be bad for bees.
They have sugar that is pure sucrose with no additives. I bought
some just to see what it looked like. It looks like very finely
granulated table sugar. After almost 30 years of administering
TM mixed with powdered sugar, I'm not too worried about the ill
effects of the small quantity that goes into the hive with the
After you get your Tylan mixed, I was instructed
to administer two heaping tablespoons per colony. That was supposed
to be about 2oz. I weighted it out and it took me three heaping
tablespoons to get slightly over 2oz. Remember the total treatment
has to be over 6oz.
I decided to try it out. I infected a colony
that I had at home with foulbrood. I treated them with Tylan.
So far, they look okay. If you have scale in your combs, it doesn't
matter what you treat with, the foulbrood will come back. Baring
some huge outbreak, we are planning to go with the New Zealand
Submitted by Phil Ebert