2014 Field Day
2014 IHPA SUMMER FIELD DAY
Saturday, July 12th 2014
at Spring Valley Honey Farm, 14405 Hull Ave, Perry, IA
Registration at 8.00am. Activities begin 9.00am – 3.30pm.
Field Day Topics:
Simultaneous demonstrations, how-to and tips on promoting honey as a healthy sweetener, marketing your products, make beeswax candles, best knots for securing equipment in transit, catch a swarm, create a nuc, practice how to mark a bee using drones, mini lab to dissect bees and identify Nosema spores. Field sessions with live bees, including IPM techniques, will be done in small groups (bring your bee suit). Latest apiary report from Andy Joseph - State Apiarist.
2013 Field Day
Hannah Van Wyk with Becky Tipton and Joli Winer at the 2013 Field Day. They taught us how to make soap, lotions, lip balms, and creamed honey.
Bob Fassbinder gave a very good talk on queen rearing and the importance of raising local queens with good genetic traits.
2013 Iowa Honey Queeen Hannah VanWyk tries her hand at grafting larvae into queen cups to raise some new queens.
Bob talks about how successful queen rearing requires good nutritien, good genetic traits, and an attention to detail.