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ACBA April 13 2020 Meeting Minutes

Anderson County Beekeepers
Meeting Minutes
April 13, 2020
Video Conferencing Via Zoom
Members in Attendance: 13
Meeting was held by Keith Raines, President
Please remember if you want state membership, you will need to join through their website
Our 2020 Beekeeping Course has been delayed due to the COVID-19 restrictions. The class
will be continued, dates are yet to be determined.
Upcoming Events:
SC Beekeepers Association Summer Conference is still set for
July 23, 24, 25 8am-5pm, Anderson Civic Center
Discussion with Q & A:
Best way to reach high swarms?
Use of a telescoping extension pole with 5 gallon bucket attached is used by many with
good results. It’s not worth the risk of injury to attempt collecting swarms at unrealistic heights.
Has the nectar flow started?
Not in full force yet, blackberry has started to bloom. Tulip Poplar has not yet. Many
have already added supers with good results.
How high should you mount swarm traps?
8-10 ft., but remember safety first!
Check your bee yard daily for swarms.
If you collect swarms and have a weak hive, it may be beneficial to combine those. 1 Strong
hive is better than 2 weak hives.
April Beekeeping Calendar
• Feed and keep check on food stores for new hives
• Add supers when needed
• Keep an eye out for swarms
• Attend bee meetings, via video conference if need be
• Experienced beekeepers, help new beekeepers!
Next meeting will be April 13, 2020
Facebook: Anderson County Beekeepers Association of SC
Respectfully Submitted by Renae Ausburn, Secretary