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October 2015 Newsletter

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ACBA – Meeting will be held Monday October 12th at the Starr Town Hall at 7:00pm.

 

Our guest speaker will be Ben Alier. Ben is a local expert in the craft of making mead. In fact he is in the process of opening a meadery in Greenville. He comes to us on very high recommendations.

 

After a week of rain everyday our bees are very happy to be out and most folks are seeing a ton of very yellow pollen coming back to the hive. Quite a sight to see when 9 of 10 bees ae loaded with pollen. One concern after all this rain is the amount of honey stores used up when the bees were not able to fly. Check your hives and feed if necessary.

 

A quick look over the hood. Virginia Webb will be presenting next month on using your wax (everything but candles). I am looking forward to this oneJ

 

Meeting agenda will cover

  • December social
  • Ben Alier – making mead
  • Open forum bee talk

INSIDE THE HIVE

October – Winter Preparation

Continue to feed syrup as needed. Remember once the temps fall below the 50’s (daytime high), the bees may not be able to cure the syrup. Likely the last chance to combine any weak hives. One hive queen right, one queen less, sheet of newspaper in between and 2 days later you have a combined hive.

 

See you soon.

 

 

James Ott

Owner, Cedar Ridge Apiary

President, Anderson County Beekeepers Association

864 221-2123

September 2015 Newsletter

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ACBA – Meeting will be held Monday September 14th at the Starr Town Hall at 7:00pm.

 

Time to have some good healthy conversation about bees. No speakers just our club!! Bring your questions, bring your concerns and we will have our experienced beekeepers share their skills and knowledge.

 

Checking mite load and treating should be your main focus at this time of the year.  The time is here for you to check for varroa and get treatments in before it is too late to protect those winter bees. REMEMBER-TAKE CARE OF THE BEES THAT TAKE CARE OF THE BEES THAT GO INTO WINTER. A damaged house bee can’t take care of larvae the way she should, so those she is responsible for aren’t healthy when they final emerge and they are the bees that are suppose to live long  and over winter. If they are damaged, they don’t live long enough, and you end up with a dead colony next spring.

 

One piece of housekeeping is our club representative. At the summer meeting the SCBA bylaw changes were approved and one change is for all clubs to have a voice. We need to decide who will represent the ACBA and bring any concerns/issues to the executive committee.

 

Meeting agenda will cover

 

  • Local club representative.
  • Open forum. Bee talk!!

INSIDE THE HIVE

 

August – Preparation for Fall

 

Now is the time to treat for mites, don’t delay. Pull your last supers and if you are leaving these for food don’t forget to remove your queen excluder. Prior to pulling any honey evaluate whether your bees have enough stores to winter on. If feeding is in order than, WITHOUT HONEY SUPERS, feed sugar syrup. Winter will be here soon and your actions this month go a long ways to eliminating winter losses.

 

See you soon.

 

 

James Ott

Owner, Cedar Ridge Apiary

President, Anderson County Beekeepers Association

864 221-2123

August 2015 Newsletter

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ACBA – Meeting will be held Monday August 10th at the Starr Town Hall at 7:00pm.

 

Special guest is Dr. Mike Hood. Dr. Hood is an expert on small hive beetles and will speaking to us on pest management. Topics will include small hive beetles, varroa mites as well as wax moths.

 

Critical time for our bees. The current dry weather conditions is effecting even our maintenance pants ability to produce nectar. Robbing hives of their honey can incite nearby hives into a robbing situation. Be very careful to avoid having a hive open too long. Pest, pest, pest…This is the time of the year where both varroa mite levels peak putting your colonies at risk. Hive beetle populations explode and some hives may need your intervention.

 

The next weekend workshop will be August 22nd at the home of Rick and Michelle Rogers. 108 Fieldstone Way, Anderson. Hive inspections will be the focus of the workshop.

 

Meeting agenda will cover

 

  • Update from the July SCBA meeting.
  • Local queen rearing project. Michelle Rogers.
  • Dr. Hood – Pest Management
  • Open forum. Bee talk!!

INSIDE THE HIVE

 

August – Preparation for Fall

 

Start preparing to treat for mites. Mite levels at their peak and bring are vectors for a ton of viruses and disease. What method will you use to measure mite loads? When will you perform treatments if needed? What method of treatment will you be using? The queen will start slowing down and you will have time for a generation or two of healthy mite free bees going into winter. If your hive is light and not producing honey, consider feeding and re-queen as necessary to help the bees thrive into winter.

 

See you soon.

 

 

James Ott, Owner Cedar Ridge Apiary

President, Anderson County Beekeepers Association

864 221-2123

June 2015 Newsletter

  ACBA June 2015 Meeting

ACBA – Meeting will be held Monday June 8th at the Starr Town Hall at 7:00pm.

 

Special guest is VP Queens, Adam Finkelstein and Kelly Rausch. VP Queens are breeding stock from known VSH (varroa sensitive hygienic) sources as AI (artificial insemination) breeder queens or through insemination-ready honey bee semen. They use pure USDA VSH breeding material to cross with other VSH stocks and select for desirable traits including: superior brood and colony build-up, honey production, workability and gentleness: all show mite resistance.

 

Our major nectar flow has ceased and now is a great time to start extracting our honey harvest. There will still be minor nectar flows throughout the remainder of the season to help maintain hives.

 

The next weekend workshop will be June 20th. Any volunteers for location? Hive inspections will be the focus of the workshop.

 

The SCBA is looking to update the list of beekeepers able to provide pollination services, small scale as well. If you are interested, have at least 10 pollination hives I will have a sign up list available. Also looking for members to help support to need for honey for guest speakers.

 

Meeting agenda will cover

 

  • June 20th workshop – hive inspections.
  • SCBA summer meeting – honey needed for speakers and guest. Looking for a case of quarts from the club.
  • VP Queens discussion.
  • Open forum. Bee talk!!

INSIDE THE HIVE

 

June – Early Harvest!

 

Many beekeepers like to extract in early June to have a spring/early summer harvest which is often lighter in color and flavor. Wet supers can be placed directly back on the hive and allow the bees to “clean up” the remaining honey residue. Hive inspections should continue with focus on queen production. Requeening an underperformer now will greatly increase winter survivability.

 

See you soon.

 

 

James Ott, Owner Cedar Ridge Apiary

President, Anderson County Beekeepers Association

864 221-2123

May 2015 Newsletter

  ACBA May 2015 Meeting

ACBA – Meeting will be held Monday May 11th at the Starr Town Hall at 7:00pm.

 

Special topics include extracting, bottling and marketing of your soon to come honey harvest. Presentation will be given by Danny Mitchell and Billy Craft.

 

In most areas nectar is flowing very strong. Hives are in need of honey stores for the winter and in this area the time is now!! Hives are overflowing with bees and it is time to make some honey!!

 

Swarms season is still very active. Give your bees plenty of room. Pack ‘em in too tight and they will come out the box.

 

Not too late to get bees, but time is running out very quickly. By now we should have added supers to our production hives adding room for both honey and brood. Keep a close eye on the new packages and nucs for 80% drawn – time to super.

 

Meeting agenda will cover

  • Treasurer update
  • May 23rd workshop – using the club extractor.
  • Danny Mitchell and Billy Craft – Extracting honey. Bottling and marketing.
  • Open forum. Bee talk!!

INSIDE THE HIVE

 

May – The Honey Flow Begins!

 

It is time to assess brood patterns and evaluate queens and replace if needed. If you didn’t make splits in April watch out for the telltale signs of swarms. Queen egg laying is reduced, nectar/honey being stored in the brood nest and queen cups being developed towards the bottom of frames. Watch for swarms and catch if possible. Be safe! No swarm is worth harming yourself. This time of the year it is also common for hives to go queenless. Look for eggs and fresh larva. Requeen if needed. Keep the weeds down by laying old carpeting, landscape fabric, etc…Make sure all frames of harvested honey are capped. Honey extracted now is typically light and mild in flavor.

 

See you soon.

 

James Ott, President, Anderson County Beekeepers Association

Owner, Cedar Ridge Apiary

864 221-2123

April 2015 Newsletter

ACBA April 2015 Meeting    

ACBA – Meeting will be held Monday April 13h at the Starr Town Hall at 7:00pm.

 

Special guest Jack Collins. Swarm season is here and some of our colonies are hanging in a treeJ. Jack will be discussing swarms and splits.

 

We are on the doorstep of the start of our spring nectar flow. Hives are overflowing with bees and it is time to make some honey!!

 

Our mentors are working with our newly graduated class of beekeepers. What a class-100% of the class that took the final exam passed. Congratulations!!

 

Not too late to get bees, but time is running out very quickly. By now we should have added supers to our production hives adding room for both honey and brood. Keep a close eye on the new packages and nucs for 80% drawn – time to super.

 

Meeting agenda will cover

  • Starr town hall payment
  • Update from planning committee
  • Jack Collins presentation, swarms/splits.
  • Open forum. Bee talk!!

INSIDE THE HIVE

 

April – Room for Honey, room for Brood!

 

Install packages and feed sugar syrup as needed. Same for your nucs, feed them till they stop taking syrup. Add supers as necessary. Remember you can’t overdo drawn comb but only one of fresh foundation at a time. Requeen underperformers or missing queens. Watch for swarms and catch if possible. Be safe! No swarm is worth harming yourself.

 

See you soon.

 

James Ott, President, Anderson County Beekeepers Association

Owner, Cedar Ridge Apiary

864 221-2123

March 2015 Meeting

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ACBA – Meeting will be held Monday March 9th at the Starr Town Hall at 7:00pm.

 

Special guest Mark Sweatman. As we all know, our queens are the dominate figure in our hive. Mark will be discussing queen production to include selection and queen rearing methods.

 

Temperatures are rising. Foragers are coming back with tons of pollen. That means the queen is getting excited and laying. Get ready for the explosion of newly hatched bees. More and more drones emerging!!

 

New class will be finishing in the next couple of weeks. Field day on the 21st. Will need mentors to be present to kick off a great start in the future of these new beekeepers. Nothing is more exciting than a new beekeeper going into a hive for the first time.

 

Need to put dues to bed. We have way too many members that have not paid their dues for 2015. We have a deadline commitment to the State in which to pay annual dues.

 

Are you ready for the spring? Boxes built/repaired, painted, new yard locations identified, bees ordered? Our spring nectar flow comes very quickly. Be preparedJ

 

Meeting agenda will cover

  • Current status of the short course for new beekeepers
  • Mentor program for 2015
  • Update from planning committee
  • Mark Sweatman presentation, queen production.
  • Open forum. Bee talk!!

INSIDE THE HIVE

 

March – Monitor, monitor, monitor!

 

Evaluate overwintered hives and feed as necessary. If extra protein is needed pollen patties are a good choice now. Do be careful – excessive feeding/pollen can create early swarms!! Make sure you have room for incoming nectar… a shortage now means less honey later. If you are planning on harvesting varietal honey watch the blooms so you can harvest on time. Start reviewing swarm prevention. Now is the time to be proactive.

 

See you soon.

 

 

James Ott, President, Anderson County Beekeepers Association

Owner, Cedar Ridge Apiary

864 221-2123

February 2015 Newsletter

     ACBA February 2015 Meeting  

 

ACBA – Meeting will be held Monday February 9th at the Starr Town Hall at 7:00pm.

Special guest Brad Cavin, State Bee Inspector, will be addressing the club!

 

Get ready for spring. Breath of spring is blooming, red maples are getting ready to pop!

 

Great start with the new class of beginner beekeepers. 22 attendees at first class with an additional 5-6 attending the second class. Looks like we will end up with 27-28 in the class. SWEET!! Linda Rakey and Danny Mitchell represented the club and helped to kick off the class.

 

Don’t forget that it is time to pay our dues for 2015. I am requesting all dues be paid in full by the end of the month. $25.00 covers all your local and state dues. Looking to get an update on where we stand.

 

Meeting agenda will cover

  • Current status of the short course for new beekeepers
  • Mentor program for 2015
  • Brad Cavin presentation, AFB (American Foul Brood)
  • Open forum. Bee talk!!

 

INSIDE THE HIVE

February – Get ready for spring!

 

Have new woodenware on order and begin assembling. Paint with 2 coats of exterior latex over primer. Lighter colors in our area of the country will help hives stay cooler during the peak of summer. Make sure you have your feeding plans in place and review your calendar for the upcoming year milestones! Don’t forget there is still time to order bees for this year through our local sources – Joe Kelly and Billy Craft. BTW, they have woodenware already painted for those not wanting to build their own.

 

See you soon.

 

 

James Ott, President Anderson County Beekeepers Association

Cedar Ridge Apiary

864 221-2123

January 2015 Newsletter

ACBA January 2015 Meeting

 

ACBA – Time to kick off the New Year. First meeting will be held Monday January 12th at the Starr Town Hall at 7:00pm.

We have plenty of seats for all members new and old. I would like to challenge each member to bring a friend to the meeting. Whether that be your spouse, your neighbor, your friend. Just try your best to bring a friend to the meeting.

Don’t forget that it is time to pay our dues for 2015. I am requesting all dues be paid in full by the end of the month. $25.00 covers all your local and state dues.

Meeting agenda will cover

  • Current status of the upcoming short course for new beekeepers
  • Mentor program for 2015
  • Update on the bank account. We are in good shape!
  • A presentation of beekeeper practices from around the area.

 

INSIDE THE HIVE

January – Reading & Planning

Catch up on reading the bee magazine articles or read a good book on queen rearing, colony increase or other advanced topics. Attend other regional bee meeting if possible. Make sure you have your nucs or packages on order. Feed hives as needed. Not a lot going on in the hive.

See you soon.

James Ott

ACBA President

864 221-2123